Presentation on theme: "Emergency Services Volunteers"— Presentation transcript:
1Emergency Services Volunteers Neighborhood CERT FormationMeeting: 3/11/12Preparing Our CommunityWorking TogetherPresented by:Kenneth Dueker, J.D.Director of Emergency ServicesRev. 3/4/2012 K. Dueker
2If you missed the Feb. 4 presentation or you have questions about the new Emergency Services Volunteers (ESV) structure or the Block Preparedness Coordinator Program, please go to:Also posted there is a link to the ESV calendar, which includes these events:3/24, 1-3pm: Neighborhood Drill: NPCs/BPCs & NH CERT4/14: 10am-1pm: BPC 3-Hour Certification Class [NH CERTs encouraged to attend]4/21: 10am-1pm: Incident Command System for NPCs and NH CERT GLs4/26: 7-9pm: Quarterly NPC mtg. [NH CERT GLs encouraged to attend]
3What OES Needs Volunteers to Do Self-Care: Prepare the population to be resilient (best done before the disaster). Promote neighbors-helping- neighbors and community-building (information sharing, social). Provide neighborhoods with their own, local resources.Eyes and Ears: Incident reporting & Damage Assessment. We need data in the EOC via communications technology and skilled volunteers.Additional Essential Functions: Security (Neighborhood Watch), Search & Rescue, Medical Triage, Fire Suppression, Mass Care (Shelters, Human Services), assisting certain City departments with field and fixed-location assignments.There are roles for volunteers in all phases of emergency management …
4Emergency Services Volunteers (Unified Command) Today’s meeting.(M)EOCTeam Leader (TL)StructureESV DOCVol. Division Op. CenterLogisticsCubberley D-4; Trailers; SuppliesEach NeighborhoodNeighborhood Prep. CoordinatorsIC/POC for each neighborhoodCitywide CERTsField & Specialized TeamsCitywide ARES/RACESComms (Ham Radio)Net Control Unit(M)EOC, ESV DOCField CERTsResponse PoolNeighborhood CERTsReport to NPC (Neighborhood Responders)Group LeaderField SupervisorCitywide RADOSupport Field CERTs, NPCsMedical GroupSet up triage sites; PODsMACSSanta Clara Co. Mutual AidPublic Works & Flood/Storm GroupSpecial Training; Assist PWBlock Prep. CoordinatorsReport to NPC (Eyes & Ears): Key Roles: Damage Assessment; Neighborhood WatchExample: You can be a ham operator and part of a NH team, rather than ARES/RACES. We want you to let OES know your preference.Shelter GroupSupport CSD, Red CrossAction Item: Identify your Primary Team Affiliation.Today is to kick-off NH Teams (meet your NPC). If you are interested in Citywide CERT or ARES/RACES, please
5Emergency Services Volunteer New Emergency Services Volunteer ID Card (NIMS Typing, Credentialing)Emergency Services VolunteerSidneyESPINOSAExpires: 12/18/2014Issued by and property of the City of Palo Alto:ObverseClassifications/Certifications:Shelter, Human Svcs.MedicalEOC AuthorizedAnimal ServicesLogisticsNeighborhood WatchBldg. AssessmentDrive City VehiclesARES/RACES/ACS (Comms)CERTBlock Prep. Coordinator (BPC, NPC)Public Works; Flood/StormTraffic ControlDisaster Service Worker (DSW)Background CheckIf found, please return to Palo Alto OES: 275 Forest Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94301This may change if 1) we go to a regional (North County) card and 2) when CA Disaster Corps eventually goes online:
6Trailers = Logistics Hubs New CERT Field TeamsMedical (MRC): Establish triage sites; PODsShelter & Human Services: Work with Community Services Dept. & Red CrossPublic Works & Flood/Storm:Deployable City-WideAssists Public WorksSpecial TrainingWe will also look at other specialized teams/roles.Trailers = Logistics Hubs“Districts” are replaced with the above. Former “District IC” is now Logistics. Logistics will support Field Teams and Neighborhood CERTs w/ Trailer Team and new decentralized supplies (neighborhood caches, arks, etc.). Cubberley D-4 = Logistics Center.
7Restructuring Concept: Neighborhood-Centric Structure Clarify Roles and FunctionsNeighborhood Preparedness Coordinators (NPC): Neighborhood Command Post; comms with EOC via MURS (or ham)Block Preparedness Coordinators (BPC): Damage Assessment; Security (Neighborhood Watch); FRS radio to NPCNeighborhood CERT: Local responder teams (stay local): Muster in neighborhood (can be released); FRS radio to NPCThis is a best practice adopted by Mountain View & many other jurisdictions:
8NH CERT Chain of Command Palo Alto City(Mobile) Emergency Operations Center ((M)EOC)On-ScenePublic Safety OfficialNeighborhood Preparedness Coordinator= NH ICNH CERTs follow NPC direction in “peace time role” of preparation & mitigation.Block Preparedness CoordinatorsGroup Leader (GL)Neighborhood CERTs
9Communications Links Palo Alto City (Mobile) Emergency Operations Center ((M)EOC)ESV DOC (if not established, NPCs, etc. go direct to EOC)ARES/RACES Ham RadioCERT Field TeamsMURS RadioNeighborhood Preparedness CoordinatorFRS/GMRS RadioFRS/GMRS RadioBlock Preparedness CoordinatorsGroup Leader (GL)Neighborhood CERTs
10NH CERT Activation Procedures There will be a new ESV Policy Manual … For now, here’s the plan:Alert (or “Heads Up”)From your NPC:Monitor your NH FRS Channel or follow NPC’s instructions.From the City (AlertSCC): Follow instructions.Other sources (EAS, etc.): Follow instructions; contact your NPC.Activation (incl. self-notifying events)Check in with NPC on FRS or in person. If you cannot reach NPC, contact your GL.Before deploying: Make sure your home and family, etc. are safe.Don/bring appropriate gear (see next slide).If you cannot reach GL or NPC, find closest BPC and/or NH CERT. EOC may send ham or other ESV to your NH, if no NPC.Mobilization (Muster)NH CERT works in teams of at least 3. If you have >3, advise NPC and either team up with a BPC or await another assignment.Assign a Group Leader (GL) who will 1) operate the FRS radio and 2) serve as the NH CERT field supervisor. One group call sign.Do not exceed the scope of your CERT training and your personal skills and abilities.Chain of Command: NPC is NH CERT IC. NH CERT GL is field supervisor (personnel accountability). ESVs must obey orders of OES and on scene police or fire officials.Demobilization: Be sure to “check out” of the net. NPCs/GLs may do After Action Report for OES.All ESVs should monitor KZSU 90.1 FM. Hams also monitor MHz, PL 100.
11NH caches pending – trailers stay put. NH CERT & BPC Equipment (Grab & Go Bag)WaterFood / food barsMedicine for yourselfClipboardNPC/BPC rosterYour street mapResident names & contact info (BPCs)Disaster Assessment formsRadio channels for all neighborhoodsNote paper_________________Back PackClothing & shoes, ponchoVest & ID badge, whistleGoggles; eye glassesFRS radio, extra batteriesNOAA radioFlashlightGlovesSmall First Aid kitDuct tapeGas / Water shut off toolPens & Sharpie markersDust & hygiene masks____________________NH caches pending – trailers stay put.
12All NPCs, BPCs & NH CERT members operate as Good Samaritans. Convergent Volunteers a.k.a. Spontaneous Unaffiliated VolunteersNeighbors will want to help.They can do so at “grass roots” level – see Good Samaritan laws.The EOC may request some of them report and be “sworn in” as DSWs.Lots of roles where formal registration not needed, such as assisting the NPC or GL as a radio operator, scribe, etc.All NPCs, BPCs & NH CERT members operate as Good Samaritans.If you are deployed outside your neighborhood (CERT, ARES/RACES), you need to be a DSW (or sworn in as an SUV, essentially). Also, a police officer can direct you, but that is a separate law (posse).
13Break Out Session: Meet your NPCs Foothills;Los Trancos