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.

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Emergency Preparedness: This is no time to gamble.

  1. 1. Emergency PreparednessEmergency PreparednessThis is no time to gamble!This is no time to gamble!
  2. 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. 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. 4. EarthquakesEarthquakes
  5. 5. EarthquakesEarthquakes
  6. 6. FloodsFloods
  7. 7. LandslidesLandslides
  8. 8. TornadosTornados
  9. 9. WildfiresWildfires
  10. 10. VolcanoesVolcanoes
  11. 11. Winter StormsWinter Storms
  12. 12. Winter StormsWinter Storms
  13. 13. TransportationTransportation
  14. 14. TerrorismTerrorism
  15. 15. After the DisasterAfter the DisasterIsolation and resource shortagesIsolation and resource shortages
  16. 16. Safety and Health HazardsSafety and Health Hazards
  17. 17. Loss of ServicesLoss of Services
  18. 18. Media Interest and ActivityMedia Interest and Activity
  19. 19. People want to Help!People want to Help!
  20. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 25. Train and ExerciseTrain and Exercise
  26. 26. Stock ProvisionsStock Provisions FoodFood WaterWater BlanketsBlankets CotsCots Personal HygienePersonal Hygiene CommunicationsCommunications For staff, volunteers, and guests!For staff, volunteers, and guests!
  27. 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. 28. Engage your Seniors!Engage your Seniors!
  29. 29. Engaged SeniorsEngaged SeniorsPlus a couple of groupies …Plus a couple of groupies …
  30. 30. Remember:Remember:The difference between disasterThe difference between disasterand adventure is preparedness!and adventure is preparedness!

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