Presentation at the Foursquare Church in Bellevue


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Bellevue Washington is located on one of the most interesting spots on the planet, geologically speaking. As such, it is only logical for its residents to take action to reduce or eliminate the risks from earthquakes, landslides and severe weather before it happens again. Luckily, this is easier than most people assume.

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  • How many people do you need to plan for? What special considerations should you account for?
  • Who should you share out of area contacts with: Immediate Family Clients and their families Back up caregivers: for clients (neighbors, staff that live closest) Babysitter Neighbor (if asked to check on your dog) Out of area voicemail—from $5 per month.
  • Presentation at the Foursquare Church in Bellevue

    1. 1. Foursquare Church Being Ready Living Ready
    2. 2. Thank you for coming! <ul><li>Carol Dunn </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Emergency Preparedness Coordinator </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bellevue Office of Emergency Management </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. Most Important <ul><li>Risks from disasters can be radically reduced if not eliminated. </li></ul><ul><li>It is “do-able” </li></ul><ul><li>Our mind’s “default” is to ignore future risk: it is important to reset it. </li></ul>
    4. 4. Next hour <ul><li>Why we don’t prepare for future risk </li></ul><ul><li>How to Identify & Reduce Risks </li></ul><ul><li>How to Recognize & Increase Resources </li></ul>
    5. 5. Our brains and Risk “ Awareness” &“Subconscious” There are hundreds of more pathways from the subconscious to the thinking part of our minds, than the other way around. Danger/Opportunity? The subconscious part of our brain has first say in everything.
    6. 6. <ul><li>Engage: Fight </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid: Flight </li></ul><ul><li>Tend/Defend </li></ul>Our mind’s have needed to handle danger for different circumstances
    7. 7. Our systems block out future risk Photo by bitboy
    8. 8. “ C’est la vie” “ What will be will be” &quot;You just take the good with the bad. You got to go somehow... So why not under six feet of mud?“* “ Have faith, Opi! God is good!”** *Seattle Times: Orting Resident on risk from volcano **NY Times: “The Day of the Tsunami” 9/30/09
    9. 9. <ul><li>Every risk that can be identified in advance, can be reduced or avoided when a decision is made to act. </li></ul>
    10. 10. <ul><li>Every risk that is avoid, is one less thing that goes wrong. </li></ul>
    11. 11. Disasters are inevitable
    12. 12. We are so lucky to live in the Pacific Northwest Beautiful mountains
    13. 13. Gorgeous trees
    14. 14. Fires
    15. 15. Severe Storms
    16. 16. Earthquakes
    17. 17. Identifying Risks? KC iMap
    18. 18. Cold Arctic Blasts Hot Tropical Weather Source: Environment Canada
    19. 26. University of Washington Neptune Project
    20. 28. Best thing about earthquakes: We have a say about almost everything. Except when it will happen. Every problem has a solution
    21. 29. Earthquakes <ul><li>Subduction </li></ul><ul><ul><li>5 minutes: we will feel shaking about 2 minutes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Region wide damage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Highest buildings have largest problems </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Likely to generate tsunami/seiche </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Aftershocks likely </li></ul></ul>
    22. 30. Earthquakes: Deep/ Benioff Zone <ul><li>2001 Nisqually </li></ul><ul><li>Usually every 20-50 years </li></ul><ul><li>Lasts about 20-30 seconds </li></ul><ul><li>Effects most of Area </li></ul><ul><li>Moderate Shaking </li></ul>
    23. 34. Earthquakes: Shallow <ul><li>Lasts about 20 seconds </li></ul><ul><li>Very intense localized shaking </li></ul><ul><li>1,100 years ago: with Elliot Bay Tsunami, landslides </li></ul><ul><li>Aftershocks likely </li></ul>
    24. 36. We can avoid injuries <ul><li>Heavy objects placed high become projectiles during earthquakes </li></ul>
    25. 37. Most fixes pretty easy
    26. 38. I’m in a ‘bad’ building! <ul><li>Retrofit </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Anchor masonry to wood </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Add Framing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Still will be risks </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Rebuild </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Create a new safer building </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Lose character and feeling of history </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Relocate </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Currently located in one of the most dangerous parts of the city </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Lose character and history </li></ul></ul></ul>
    27. 39. Best: low, wood --Bolted to Foundation
    28. 42. 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
    29. 43. Unreinforced Masonry
    30. 44. Bad for Quakes: Soft Structures
    31. 46. Disasters = disruption
    32. 47. Disruption happens <ul><li>That we may not have access to stores, medicine, etc. on short notice & for a long time </li></ul><ul><li>Emergency information broadcast on: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>radio. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2-1-1 (multiple languages) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Internet: www.RPIN.ORG </li></ul></ul>
    33. 48. Disaster Supplies How to start? Where to put them?
    34. 49. Having Back ups of Critical Supplies and information helps Always Squirrel a Bit Away
    35. 50. <ul><li>Life </li></ul><ul><li>Liberty </li></ul><ul><li>Pursuit of Happiness </li></ul>
    36. 51. Life: Stay Healthy
    37. 52. Boil water for at least 1 minute to kill bacteria Save at least 3 gallons of water per person: 1 gallon of water per person per day for at least 3 days Ready for Disruption: Water
    38. 53. Back up food Best: Non Perishable No need for heating Limited water
    39. 54. No need to: heat, refrigerate or add water
    40. 55. Stay healthy Stay Healthy
    41. 56. Control Germs
    42. 57. Safe ways to keep warm
    43. 58. Liberty: Freedom of movement
    44. 59. Get through debris
    45. 60. Communication <ul><li>Out of Area Contact </li></ul><ul><li>Use this contact to relay information with people in the affected area. </li></ul><ul><li>Texting – texting can be a great way to communicate in times of disaster. </li></ul><ul><li>Email/Internet sometimes works when phones don’t </li></ul><ul><li>211—Language Support </li></ul>
    46. 61. Realize, sometimes technology will totally fail <ul><ul><li>Meeting Places </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pre-agreed plans with members of the community to check up and help each other </li></ul></ul>
    47. 62. Local radio & TV www.RPIN.ORG Information Sources
    48. 63. 2-1-1 Calling Card
    49. 64. Happiness: Have a Back Up Care Plan
    50. 65. Reaching Out Now The challenges of care givers are often the greatest when disaster strikes. Increase you Resources Work now to reach out.
    51. 66. Close your eyes <ul><li>Visualize the steps you are going to take today: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Write a pledge to build preparedness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pull together the supplies you have </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Write down contact & back up caregivers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reach out to a neighbor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Act </li></ul></ul>
    52. 67. Let me help you! <ul><li>Carol Dunn </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>@caroldn </li></ul><ul><li>425-452-7923 </li></ul><ul><li>Useful websites: </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>