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Woodinville: Wellington PTA Prepares


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Woodinville WA is located where interesting geological things have happened, and will continue to happen. There are choices and actions we can take today to reduce most of the risks, it doesn't make sense not to.

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Woodinville: Wellington PTA Prepares

  1. 1. Increasing Wellness by Reducing Risks
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>Rae Shepherd </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Wellington Elementary </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PTA: Emergency Preparedness Chair </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(A School Preparedness Guru) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Carol Dunn Disaster Risk Reduction Specialist </li></ul><ul><ul><li>City of Bellevue Emergency Preparedness Division </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Red Cross DSHR </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wellington Parent </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Before talking Disasters Have to talk about our brains
  4. 4. “ 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
  5. 5. So our systems block out future risk Photo by bitboy
  6. 6. <ul><li>Life was simpler then </li></ul>hmmmm
  7. 7. Subconscious prehistoric wiring isn’t necessarily our friend
  8. 9. University of Washington Neptune Project
  9. 11. Best thing about earthquakes: We have a say about almost everything. Except when it will happen. Every problem has a solution
  10. 12. 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>
  11. 13. 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>
  12. 14. 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 </li></ul><ul><li>Aftershocks likely </li></ul>
  13. 16. How are we mapped compared to the fault?
  14. 17. What is the school doing to be ready
  15. 18. Did you know? <ul><li>…that the supplies used in an emergency by the student of Wellington Elementary are funded by the PTA? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Storage shed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Emergency backpacks in the rooms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Search and Rescue backpacks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Radios – yeah team! </li></ul></ul>
  16. 19. Procedures <ul><li>Chain of Command – 3 deep </li></ul><ul><li>Evacuation maps </li></ul><ul><li>Missing child and crisis response </li></ul><ul><li>Shelter in place </li></ul><ul><li>3 Days of supplies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Food, water, shelter, sanitation and first aid </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rotated and updated </li></ul></ul>
  17. 20. Training <ul><ul><li>Woodinville Fire and Life Safety </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Search and Rescue for Staff </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Northshore School District </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fire drills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lock down drills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Earthquake drop and hold </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Wellington </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Missing child and crisis response </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Walk through of utility shut off – no gas on campus </li></ul></ul>
  18. 21. Student Release Procedure <ul><li>Remain Calm – help us help the children </li></ul><ul><li>Go to one of 2 entrances to find designated staff person </li></ul><ul><li>Receive direction to reunification table </li></ul><ul><li>Verification of authorization will occur –bring valid ID </li></ul><ul><li>Proceed to waiting area </li></ul><ul><li>Reunited with child </li></ul><ul><li>Exit campus </li></ul>
  19. 22. Communication is Key <ul><li>Make sure Emergency Contact list is current. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Check phone numbers and contacts for accuracy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have one out of state phone contact </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No one can take your child off the school campus unless they are listed as an Emergency Contact </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If you wish to help out after an emergency, a completed, up to date volunteer form needs to be on file in the office </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Current volunteer application –don’t wait for a field trip! </li></ul></ul>
  20. 23. Communication is Key <ul><li>Share your emergency plan with your child </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If your child know what the plan is, she will be calmer and more prepared if an emergency happens at school </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Remind your child the school has procedures to help keep them safe and cared for </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If your child takes medication , make sure medical history is updated and talk to the school nurse. Have a 3-day emergency supply at school in case of an event that causes student to remain for an extended period. </li></ul></ul>
  21. 24. Some truths we need to realize <ul><li>We have to teach ourselves how to identify and reduce risks. </li></ul>
  22. 25. We need to realize <ul><li>Each thing we can keep from going wrong </li></ul><ul><li>will be one less thing that goes wrong. </li></ul>
  23. 26. We need to realize <ul><li>There is no risk that can’t be reduced </li></ul>
  24. 27. We need to realize <ul><li>Since we live where earthquakes happen we can’t only think about gravity when we place objects </li></ul>
  25. 28. We can avoid injuries <ul><li>Heavy objects placed high become projectiles during earthquakes </li></ul>
  26. 29. We need to Realize Most fixes pretty easy
  27. 30. We need to Realize <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><ul><li>2-1-1 (multiple languages) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Internet: www.RPIN.ORG </li></ul></ul></ul>
  28. 31. Best: low, wood --Bolted to Foundation
  29. 34. Pretty good in most earthquakes Not great in Subduction zone quakes
  30. 35. 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
  31. 36. Unreinforced Masonry
  32. 37. Bad for Quakes: Soft Structures
  33. 39. 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>
  34. 40. Pledge to take it seriously! <ul><li>Literally: write down a statement to remind you that you want to act-put it where you can see it. </li></ul><ul><li>Reward every step forward!! </li></ul>
  35. 41. Questions? <ul><li>Carol </li></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul>