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Disaster Preparedness for Caregivers



Disaster Preparedness presentation for professional care givers. Focus on Seattle area hazards: earthquakes, residental fires and severe storms, and ways to reduce risks related to them.

Disaster Preparedness presentation for professional care givers. Focus on Seattle area hazards: earthquakes, residental fires and severe storms, and ways to reduce risks related to them.



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  • Disaster preparedness for professional care providers Disasters in the Pacific NorthWest
  • Thank You!
    • Carol Dunn
    • Community Disaster Education
    • Emergency Services
    • American Red Cross
  • The American Red Cross
    • Helping the
    • community:
    • prepare
    • respond
    • recover
    • from
    • disasters
  • Who should we plan for?
    • Who depends on you?
      • The people you serve
      • Your organization
      • Family
      • Friends
      • Animals
  • We are so lucky to live in the Pacific Northwest Beautiful mountains
  • Gorgeous trees
  • Fires
  • Severe Storms
  • Earthquakes
  • Disasters are inevitable
  • The outcomes aren’t
  • How real is the risk from Earthquakes
  • Life at the top of a global lava lamp
  • Image provided courtesy of the VISIONS ’05 expedition (www.VISIONS05.ocean.washington.edu)
  • Disasters are inevitable….
  • Local Faults
  • Pressure Builds and Creates Faults— Areas in the ground that crumpled and bent Once crumpled, the creases (faults) are where the ground is most likely to move again when pressure builds up enough.
  • Back to the ground
  • Ground susceptible to liquefaction
    • Recipe :
      • Premade JELL-O Chocolate Flavor Instant Pudding
      • 1 tub (8 ounces) COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, thawed
      • 15 OREO Chocolate Sandwich Cookies, finely crushed, divided
      • 10 paper or plastic cups (6 to 7 ounces) or dessert dishes
      • 10 worm-shaped chewy fruit snacks
      • Gently stir 1/2 cup of Cool Whip Whipped Topping into each bowl of pudding. Finely crush 20 Oreo Chocolate Sandwich Cookies, then sprinkle 1 tablespoon into bottom of 8 (6-ounce) dessert cups. Top each with 1/4 cup vanilla pudding, 1 tablespoon cookie crumbs and 1/4 cup chocolate pudding. Sprinkle evenly with remaining cookie crumbs. Refrigerate at least 1 hour or until ready to serve.
      • Insert 2 gummy worms into each dessert cup just before serving. Makes 8 Oreo Sand and Dirt Cups.
  • Best: low, wood --Bolted to Foundation
  • The importance of bolting A house that is pushed off its foundation must be demolished and rebuilt. Bolting only costs around $2,000-5,000. Look for grants or community programs to help.
  • OK: Steel and reinforced concrete:
  • Bad for Quakes: Soft Structures
  • Worst for earthquakes Worst: Un-reinforced brick (recognized by levels of brick ends) Not very good: reinforced bricks (recognized when all bricks show their sides) Not very good: Retrofitted masonry (recognized by the added bolts) 5 out of 6 were damaged during the 2001 Nisqually Quake
  • Unreinforced Masonry
  • Options
    • Retrofit
      • Anchor masonry to wood
      • Add Framing
        • Still will be risks
    • Rebuild
      • Create a new safer building
        • Lose character and feeling of history
    • Relocate
      • Currently located in one of the most dangerous parts of the city
        • Lose character and history
  • Earthquake
  • Because of Jolt Be Sure to Bolt
  • Scenario
    • Fill out your personal assessment
    • Earthquake!
    • Flip a coin to determine
      • Where are you? (home, or work)
      • Were the highways knocked out?
      • Was the port knocked out?
      • Damaged buildings?:
        • Home?
        • Work?
      • Power?
      • Water?
      • Communication infrastructure ?
  • What will this mean?
    • What will your first steps be?
    • How will your clients fare?
      • Will they have access to care givers?
      • Health?
      • Activities requiring support?
      • Do they handle change well?
  • Ways to overcome challenges?
  • Communication
    • Out of Area Contact
    • Use this contact to relay information with people in the affected area.
    • Texting – texting can be a great way to communicate in times of disaster.
    • Email/Internet sometimes works when phones don’t
    • 211—Language Support
  • Help foster personal networks and back up care
  • When modernity fails, go back In English AM 710 Radio: AM 1000
  • 2-1-1 Calling Card
  • Realize, sometimes technology will totally fail
      • Meeting Places
      • Pre-agreed plans with members of the community to check up and help each other
  • Get through debris
  • Life: Stay Healthy 1 gallon per person per day
  • Stay healthy Stay Healthy
  • No need to: heat, refrigerate or add water
  • Biggest Risk in King County
  • = 3,970 fires = $59,850,565.00 = 11 fatalities 2007
  • 2007 = 897 = $160,516
  • 3. Always Reduce Risks
    • Hazard Hunt:
      • Look for fire risks
    Watch video made by the city of Bellevue Fire Department on how to stop a grease fire: http://tinyurl.com/greasefire
  • 2007 = 479 = $5,299,468
  • Early 911 Response Critical! 9-1-1!
  • When it is dangerous to evacuate
    • Work with the fire department-practice!
    • Consider installing fire doors for all room
    • Sprinkler system!
    • Education:
      • Cloth at base of door
      • Work to attract attention
  • People over 65 face twice the risk from fire
    • Possible Reasons
      • Unwillingness to make accommodations to reflect changing life:
        • Possible Sensory, cognitive reduction
        • Harder to exit quickly, easily
      • Smoke detectors need to be replaced every 10 years
    • Ways to reduce risks:
      • Change location of bedroom to first floor
      • Move or reduce amount of furniture: clear path to exit.
      • Adaptive smoke detector: flashing, bed vibrator (some fire departments have free detectors)
  • Big Risk: Big Storms: Rain Source: Seattle PI
  • Big Storms: Wind
  • Big Storm: Snow
  • Cold Arctic Blasts Hot Tropical Weather Source: Environment Canada
  • http://tinyurl.com/seattlemap Interactive hazard Maps allow you to avoid or mitigate hazards. Check before you move!
  • Do a property Search for your address, then click on “Get Districts Report” http://www5.metrokc.gov/iMAP/viewer.htm?mapset=hazards
  • Keep track of flood risk
    • www.weather.gov/seattle
    • www.rpin.org
    • (cell phone notification)
    • Radio, TV News
  • Cell Phone/Email Notifications
  • Be prepared for disruption
  • Safe ways to keep warm
  • Safe ways to see and have light
  • No need to: heat, refrigerate or add water
  • Stay healthy Stay Healthy
  • AM 1000 TV: 7 Tel: 211 English
  • Life: Stay Healthy 1 gallon per person per day
  • Control Germs
  • Disaster Supplies How to start? Where to put them?
  • Have a Back Up Care Plan
  • Not just for humans
  • The challenges of care givers are often the greatest when disaster strikes. Increase you Resources Work now to reach out to the families of your clients to help them realize that there are ways they can improve their choices in times of disaster
  • A word on coping
      • Be aware that unusual events cause unusual and intense emotions
      • Talk about your feelings
      • Include comfort items in your supplies
  • Thank you so much!
    • Call me to help further
      • Work with your organization
      • Free presentations to groups
      • Answer questions, brainstorm solution
    • Carol Dunn
      • 206-709-4528
      • [email_address]