Welcome to “Emergency Preparedness” Presented by:The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints “Neighbors Helping Neighbors Program” Facilitator: Nancy Sutherland Translator: Alma Benitez
What to do in the first3 Minutes, 3 hours, 3 days and 3 weeks
Community Disaster Preparedness Individuals can make a difference in their own community, but noteveryone has bought into preparedness. Research on personalpreparedness, indicates that individuals who believe they are preparedfor disasters often are not as prepared as they think.* In addition, someadmit they do not plan to prepare at all.**The challenge: Maximizing awareness and encouraging participation indisaster preparedness activities to affect change at the community level.Our nation’s emergency managers, firefighters, law enforcement officers,EMT/paramedics, and other emergency responders do an incredible jobof keeping us safe, but they cannot do it alone. We must all embrace ourpersonal responsibility to be prepared – in doing so; we contribute to thesafety and security of our communities as well. The goal of this programis to teach as many families to be prepared as possible and, therefore,making it safer for all of us.
Today you’ll not only learn how to help developyour own family “Emergency Plan”, but also howto take this information to the community using the “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” Plan
Develop Your Family/Neighborhood Emergency Plan*1. Explain to your family, friends and neighbors what you learn here today and the importance of being prepared.2. Invite your neighbors/friends who are interested to join you in becoming more prepared.3. Decide on a regular time & place to meet. If you put this on your calendars now, and make a commitment to the plan, you’ll be more likely to complete your goals.4. Use the tools given you today and the website information to help you accomplish your goals.5. Make it fun, enjoy goodies, get to know one another.6. At the end of 6 months, invite everyone to attend the Emergency Preparedness Fair here on October 20, 2012.
Take the Preparedness Test*•Has your family rehearsed an emergency plan?•Would you have sufficient food, water, etc.?•Do you all know how to turn off the gas?•How would you find each other?Do the Preparedness Survey*•Who in neighborhood has medical training?•Does anyone have & know how to use a HAM radio?•Who has search and rescue training?•Who owns tools that might be helpful like a chainsaw, generator, shovels, wenches, etc.•Does anyone have vehicles that might be helpful? *Found in Handouts
Remember:•Local calls will be jammed•Use out-of-area contactnumbers (long distance)•Teach everyone to use“text” on cell phone•Use old-fashioned hard-wire phone•Have alternate charger foryour cell phone
What would you do if you were told you had to evacuate in the next 3 minutes?If you have a plan, it’ll be much easier to decide.If each family member knows what to do, you’ll all be safer and be able to stay as calm as possible!
Semi-Annual Maintenance(General Conference or Daylight Savings time changes)• Replace batteries in flashlights (including kits), emergency lights, smoke detectors, radios, etc.• Update “GO Binder” with current names, addresses, phone numbers, maps, and documents.• Update first-aid supplies and rotate medications• Rotate food and water in all 72 hour kits• Rotate (replace) water storage in large containers• Rotate children’s shoes (correct sizes) in 3-minute and 72 hour kits• Rotate Children’s clothing in 3-minute and 72 hour kits