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Emergency Preparedness: This is no time to gamble.

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Presented at the 2008 Washington State Association of Senior Centers annual conference. Covers disaster preparedness basics with a focus on senior activity centers.

Presented at the 2008 Washington State Association of Senior Centers annual conference. Covers disaster preparedness basics with a focus on senior activity centers.


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  • 1. Emergency PreparednessEmergency PreparednessThis is no time to gamble!This is no time to gamble!
  • 2. Contact InfoContact InfoSarah K. Miller, MPA, CEMSarah K. Miller, MPA, CEMEmergency Preparedness ManagerEmergency Preparedness ManagerCity of Auburn Emergency ManagementCity of Auburn Emergency Management253-876-1909253-876-1909skmiller@auburnwa.govskmiller@auburnwa.gov
  • 3. Hazards in WashingtonHazards in Washington Many and varied!Many and varied! Every part of the state has it’s own uniqueEvery part of the state has it’s own uniquechallengeschallenges
  • 4. EarthquakesEarthquakes
  • 5. EarthquakesEarthquakes
  • 6. FloodsFloods
  • 7. LandslidesLandslides
  • 8. TornadosTornados
  • 9. WildfiresWildfires
  • 10. VolcanoesVolcanoes
  • 11. Winter StormsWinter Storms
  • 12. Winter StormsWinter Storms
  • 13. TransportationTransportation
  • 14. TerrorismTerrorism
  • 15. After the DisasterAfter the DisasterIsolation and resource shortagesIsolation and resource shortages
  • 16. Safety and Health HazardsSafety and Health Hazards
  • 17. Loss of ServicesLoss of Services
  • 18. Media Interest and ActivityMedia Interest and Activity
  • 19. People want to Help!People want to Help!
  • 20.  It’s about people and their unmet needsIt’s about people and their unmet needs It’s about survivability and livability of the communityIt’s about survivability and livability of the communityin the long termin the long term It’s about us…bridging the gapIt’s about us…bridging the gap GovernmentGovernment SchoolsSchools BusinessesBusinesses Faith CommunitiesFaith Communities Non-profitsNon-profits NeighborhoodsNeighborhoodsDisaster Response andDisaster Response andRecoveryRecovery
  • 21. How do you do that?How do you do that? Know your roleKnow your role Make a planMake a plan Prepare your staffPrepare your staff Stock provisionsStock provisions Get your seniors actively involvedGet your seniors actively involved
  • 22. Your RoleYour Role What does your local plan say you’reWhat does your local plan say you’resupposed to do?supposed to do? Are you a shelter?Are you a shelter? What kind of shelter?What kind of shelter? For employees, the public or both?For employees, the public or both? What do you do about pets?What do you do about pets? Are you a mass feeding site?Are you a mass feeding site? Are you a transportation provider?Are you a transportation provider? Are there any other roles assigned to yourAre there any other roles assigned to yourorganization?organization?
  • 23. Your PlanYour Plan Does your center have a specific plan forDoes your center have a specific plan fordisasters?disasters? Have your employees been trained in the plan?Have your employees been trained in the plan? Have your employees been trained in specialHave your employees been trained in specialfunctions, like shelter operations?functions, like shelter operations? How do you reconnect employees with theirHow do you reconnect employees with theirfamilies?families? How do you care for clients who become stuckHow do you care for clients who become stuckat your facility?at your facility? What do you do about the people who show upWhat do you do about the people who show uplooking for assistance?looking for assistance?
  • 24. Prepare your StaffPrepare your Staff Make sure they’ve been actively engaged inMake sure they’ve been actively engaged inlearning about your planlearning about your plan Make sure they’ve taken steps to ensure theMake sure they’ve taken steps to ensure thesafety of their own familiessafety of their own families Make sure they understand their responsibilitiesMake sure they understand their responsibilitiesand obligationsand obligations Make sure they have disaster specific trainingMake sure they have disaster specific training(shelter ops, light rescue, disaster triage, etc.)(shelter ops, light rescue, disaster triage, etc.) Make sure you supplement your employees withMake sure you supplement your employees withtrained volunteerstrained volunteers
  • 25. Train and ExerciseTrain and Exercise
  • 26. Stock ProvisionsStock Provisions FoodFood WaterWater BlanketsBlankets CotsCots Personal HygienePersonal Hygiene CommunicationsCommunications For staff, volunteers, and guests!For staff, volunteers, and guests!
  • 27. Senior EngagementSenior Engagement Work with local Emergency ManagementWork with local Emergency Managementor Red Crossor Red Cross Offer disaster preparedness classesOffer disaster preparedness classes Offer disaster training (like CERT, shelterOffer disaster training (like CERT, shelteroperations, others)operations, others) Train seniors to help other seniors withTrain seniors to help other seniors withdisaster preparedness activitiesdisaster preparedness activities Join or form Medical Reserve Corps, AmateurJoin or form Medical Reserve Corps, AmateurRadio, and other groupsRadio, and other groups
  • 28. Engage your Seniors!Engage your Seniors!
  • 29. Engaged SeniorsEngaged SeniorsPlus a couple of groupies …Plus a couple of groupies …
  • 30. Remember:Remember:The difference between disasterThe difference between disasterand adventure is preparedness!and adventure is preparedness!