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1 NEIGHBORHOOD DISASTER PREPAREDNESS Presenters Annette Ashton Al Dorsky Ken Dueker January 9, 2008

2 2 AGENDA Setting the Stage Palo Alto Neighborhoods Neighborhood Preparation City Perspective Q & A Changing the role of citizens from victim to partner during disasters

3 3 SETTING THE STAGE CITY OF PALO ALTO OVERVIEW During an emergency, City staff will respond to events in the following order of priority: Life & safety Property protection

4 4 The Palo Alto Problem The daytime population in Palo Alto is well over 100,000. And add another 35,000 for normal Stanford campus population – can be up to an additional 100,000 during Stanford Football. 61,200 PA residents in 27,000 single and multi-family dwellings in 30 neighborhoods over 26 sq. mi. There are roughly 6,000 business with ~100,000 employees. Some are (should be) disaster resources.

5 5 RESPONSE CAPABILITIES There are only 32 firefighters on duty on any given day. (It takes appx firefighters to respond safely to one full-structure incident.) There are only 8-10 police officers on duty on any given day. There are 40 Utilities operational personnel for Electrical Operations and 30 in Water, Gas, and Wastewater. There are 40 Public Works operational personnel

6 6 6 CORE GOALS The City wants residents and businesses (etc.) to be resources, not victims. PEOPLE, not plans in a binder, are the key to response and recovery. Must have COMMUNICATIONS to achieve. Community can provide information to City: Initial Damage Estimate Transportation Status Incident Reporting Resource Sharing Eyes and Ears Function

7 7 7 FULLY-IMPAIRED SCENARIO Absence of (reliable) infrastructure: phone & Internet out Emergency Public Information (Community Alerting and Notification System-CANS) Neighborhood Communication Link to government must follow span of control

8 8 Communications Links 8 Incident Command Post (ICP) at Fire Station Neighborhood Preparedness Coordinator Block Preparedness Coordinator Palo Alto City Emergency Operations Center (EOC)

9 9 PAN (Palo Alto Neighborhoods) DISASTER EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS OBJECTIVES Prepare neighbor-to-neighbor, block-to-block, Community-to-community Develop standards (best practices) across the city Decide how to communicate up the line as well as receive information down the line

10 10 PAN ACCOMPLISHMENTS Survey Residents on the need for timely communications Pandemic Influenza briefing 2/1/07 PAN web site on Disaster/Emergency Preparedness Information Develop roles of Block & Neighborhood Preparedness Coordinator Emergency Preparedness Faire at July 4 Chili Cook-off Discussion of neighborhood issues with the City of Palo Alto

11 11 WHY SHOULD RESIDENTS ORGANIZE/PREPARE? Risk is ever-present. Natural disaster: earthquake, flood Terrorism/Criminal Acts: bombing, shooting, etc. Fires Accidents, chemical spill, technological failures Disease - pandemic influenza Changing the role of citizens from victim to partner during emergencies

12 12 STEPS FOR BEING PREPARED Make a Family Disaster Plan Build a Kit: Water, food, shelter, medications; KZSU 90.1 FM Get Trained First Aid, CPR Volunteer: Block Preparedness Coordinator, CERT, Red Cross, HAM etc.

13 13 BLOCK PREPAREDNESS COORDINATOR Social Information Sharing Emergency/Disaster Crime

14 14 BPC KEY ACTIVITIES Meet your neighbors Create a neighborhood list for use in activity planning and emergencies. Provide each neighbor with the list. Distribute information from the Neighborhood & the City; communicate needs, issues upwards to Neighborhoods to City/Council Coordinate with Neighborhood Preparedness Coordinator Communication node for emergency/disaster Plan an event once a year Build a kit Use your own ideas and creativity

15 15 NEIGHBORHOOD PREPAREDNESS COORDINATOR KEY ACTIVITIES Coordinate emergency/disaster preparation for the neighborhood. Serve as a communication node for your Neighborhood Point of contact during a disaster –Coordinate BPCs & Disaster Communications

16 16 ROLES BPC & NPC vs. PANDA PANDABPC & NPC Coordinator Number600 trained needed Disaster Service Worker Yes Future ? Administered byPA Fire DepartmentNeighborhood In an emergencyReports to PANDA trailer first (but can assist neighbors on way in) Stays in block/neighborhood Training20-hour CourseBPC 3 hours (4 for NPC) Training byFire OESPAN with help of PAPD Communication roleRACES Ham from PANDA Trailers to EOC; FRS channel 5 in field FRS & runners connect BPCs to NPCs; Ham & runners connect NPCs to PANDA Trailers

17 17 BPC & NPC Training Core Modules NEIGHBORHOOD ORGANIZATION COMMUNICATIONS –COMM I –COMM II (NPC only) Damage Assessment Total 3 hours for BPC training (4 hours for NPC)

18 18 BPC & NPC Training OPTIONAL MODULES OPTIONAL –Neighborhood Watch FUTURE –Red Cross (CPR, First Aid) –Animal Care –Sensitivity Training –ICS (Incident Command System) –FEMA (Dealing with government agencies)

19 19 MAPS A detailed map of the City of Palo Alto is available Each neighborhood can prepare a detailed map of its own neighborhood and each block in its neighborhood from a disc that will be provided. Help will be available if needed

20 20 swimming pool BLOCK Fire hydrant NEIGHBORHOOD

21 21 PROOF OF CONCEPT Why Have BPCs & NPCs? A good example of what NPCs and BPCs can accomplish was the neighborhood participation in the Golden Guardian exercise of Nov. 14, 2007 Neighborhood participation was designed to simply test the capabilities of internal communications

22 22 GOLDEN GUARDIAN DRILL NOVEMBER 14, 2007 Overall neighborhood participation exceeded expectations Variety of communications used: FRS, phone (cell and landline) and runners Neighborhoods able to report # people attending concert and # people with symptoms within 40 minutes of CANS alert

23 23 NEXT STEPS Commit your neighborhood to participate –Identify, recruit, and train NPCs and BPCs –Encourage CANS sign-up –Appoint a representative to PAN EP Committee –Participate with PAN in city wide drills

24 24 NEIGHBORHOOD COMMITMENT Sign the attendance sheet –Information, news –Training –Events Contact: –Key Neighborhood Contact DONT BE ON YOUR OWN - JOIN USDONT BE ON YOUR OWN - JOIN US

25 25 City of Palo Alto Perspective Kelly Morariu Assistant to the City Manager Sheryl Contois Director, Police Technical Services

26 26 DONT BE ON YOUR OWN JOIN US. Changing the role of citizens from victim to partner during disasters

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