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Diocese of Davenport Disaster Planning May 2009. Diocesan Support Day 8:30Registration 9:00Welcome and Prayer 9:15Introduction to Disaster Planning 9:30The.

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1 Diocese of Davenport Disaster Planning May 2009

2 Diocesan Support Day 8:30Registration 9:00Welcome and Prayer 9:15Introduction to Disaster Planning 9:30The Floods of Glenn Leach, Office of Social Action, Diocese of Davenport 10:00General Disaster Planning – part 1 10:30Break 10:45The Tornado of 2006: St. Patrick Church, – Deacon Jerry Miller 11:15General Disaster Planning – part 2 11:45Lunch (provided)

3 Diocesan Support Day 12:30Demonstrations: disaster kits, Automatic External Defibrillators (AED), Red Cross First Aid Training Information 1:00The Fire of 1997: Our Lady of Guadalupe,– Terry Eagle, Muscatine Fire Fighter, (Ret.) 1:30 Break 1:45 General Disaster Planning – part 3 2:30 Questions and Answers / Discussion 3:00 Closing

4 Purpose Overview and training for disaster planning using the new Diocesan Disaster Preparedness and Response Planning Guide

5 Diocese of Davenport SE portion of Iowa Population ~745, ,000 Catholics in 81 parishes 22 Counties; 11,438 sq mi Mostly rural communities

6 We Have Experienced Disasters Flooding Davenport – 1993

7 We Have Experienced Disasters Flooding Iowa City – 2008

8 We Have Experienced Disasters Flooding Hwy 1 –2008

9 Floods page 68 Flash flood = a flood that occurs within six hours of a rain event, or after a dam or levee failure, or following a sudden release of water held by ice or debris jams. Flash flood watch issued when heavy rains may cause sudden flash flooding in specified areas are occurring or expected to occur. A flash flood often occurs without any visible sign of rainfall. Flash flood warning means flash flooding is occurring or is imminent along certain streams and designated areas. Move to high ground immediately.

10 Floods page 68 Flood Hazard Zones FEMA: Flood warnings and cautions Sandbagging Flood safety checklists

11 Pandemic Planning

12 General Disaster Planning

13 Outline of the Planning Guide Common Disaster Planning Elements Getting Organized Planning for People, Parishes and Plant Planning for Specific Natural Disasters Planning for Specific Unnatural Disasters (human made) Where to Go For Help Where to Go To Help Forms

14 Outline of the Planning Guide Common Disaster Planning Elements Getting Organized Planning for People, Parishes and Plant Planning for Specific Natural Disasters Planning for Specific Unnatural Disasters (human made) Where to Go For Help Where to Go To Help Forms

15 Nature of Disasters Disasters fall into one of two broad categories of disasters, natural and unnatural. Within these categories there is a general range that defines the scope of a disaster according to the area affected: Family Emergencyindividual family(Example: home fire) Local Disastercity(Example: tornadoes) State Disasterstate(Example: storms) Major Disasternational(Example: pandemic influenza)

16 Phases of a Disaster Mitigation – Taking steps before a disaster occurs to minimize the effects Preparedness - Planning how to respond Response - Minimize the hazards created by a disaster Recovery - Returning the community to normal

17 Incident Command System - ICS ICS was developed in the 1970s in response to a series of major wildland fires in southern California. City, county, State, and Federal fire authorities collaborated to form the Firefighting Resources of California Organized for Potential Emergencies (FIRESCOPE). FIRESCOPE identified several recurring problems involving multiagency responses, such as: · Nonstandard terminology among responding agencies. · Lack of capability to expand and contract as required by the situation. · Nonstandard and nonintegrated communications. · Lack of consolidated action plans. · Lack of designated facilities.

18 Incident Command System - ICS People are assigned specific roles in an emergency: Incident Commander PlanningOperationsLogistics Finance & Administration

19 Incident Command System - ICS

20 Incident Commander: Sets the incident objectives, strategies, and priorities and has overall responsibility at the incident or event. Command Staff: Public Information Officer: Provides information to parishioners, parents, staff and the public, including the media or other organizations seeking information directly from the incident or event. Safety Officer: Monitors safety conditions and develops measures for assuring the safety of all assigned personnel. Liaison Officer: Primary contact for supporting agencies assisting at an incident.

21 Incident Command System - ICS General Staff: Operations Chief: Conducts the operations to carry out the plan. Develops the tactical objectives and directs all resources. This includes care to the individuals present during a crisis. Planning Chief: Prepares and documents the plan to accomplish objectives; collects and evaluates information, maintains resource status, and maintains documentation for incident records. Logistics Chief: Provides support, resources, and all other services needed to meet the operational objectives such as food, water, bathroom facilities and transportation. Finance/Administration Chief: Monitors costs related to the incident, provides accounting, procurement, and time recording.

22 Incident Command System - ICS The Incident Command System for the Chancery Incident Commander: the Bishop of Davenport Public Information Officer: Director of Communication Safety Officer: Director of Liturgy Liaison Officer: Director of Social Action Operations Chief: Vicar General Planning Chief: Chancellor Logistics Chief: Maintenance and Security Supervisor Finance / Administration Chief: Chief Financial Officer : Note: At least one alternate should be identified to perform the essential functions of each position.

23 Incident Command System - ICS The Incident Command System for a Parish (only 1 of many) Incident Commander: Pastor Public Information Officer: Parish Council President Safety Officer: Parish Nurse Liaison Officer: Youth Minister Operations Chief: DRE Planning Chief: Liturgist Logistics Chief: Maintenance Finance / Administration Chief: Bookkeeper : Note: At least one alternate should be identified to perform the essential functions of each position.

24 Incident Command System - ICS Transfer of Command - the process of moving the responsibility for incident command from one Incident Commander to another. This may take place for a number of reasons: when a more qualified person assumes command a legal requirement to change command, for example, to emergency services there is normal turnover of personnel on long incidents the incident response is concluded and responsibility is transferred back The transfer of command process always includes a transfer of command briefing, which may be oral, written, or a combination of both. :

25 Form the Disaster Planning Committee 1.Disaster Coordinator ; Parishioner - Retired or active firefighter, EMS, law enforcement 2.Incident Command Team 3.Other members with areas of expertise: doctors, nurses, crisis counselors, childcare workers, skilled contractors 4.Work through the Disaster Preparedness and Response Planning Guide

26 We Have Experienced Disasters Tornado St. Patrick Church

27 We Have Experienced Disasters Tornado St. Patrick Church

28 Tornadoes page 77 Tornado = a violently rotating column of air extending from a thunderstorm to the ground. Tornadoes may accompany severe thunderstorms, and while they can strike at any time of the year, they occur most frequently during April, May and June. In an average year, 800 tornadoes are reported nationwide, resulting in 80 deaths and over 1,500 injuries. The most violent tornadoes are capable of tremendous destruction with wind speeds of 250 mph or more. Damage paths can be in excess of one mile wide and 50 miles long.

29 Tornadoes page 77 Debris

30 Tornadoes page 77 Path of Damage

31 Tornadoes page 77 National Weather Storm Spotter Training Finished for the 2009 season; usually Feb - April https://apps.weather.gov/outreach/IA.phpapps.weather.gov/outreach/IA.php A Tornado Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for tornados to develop. Often tornado watches are issued during severe thunderstorms. This does not mean that a tornado will occur, only that it is possible. A Tornado Warning means that a tornado or funnel cloud has been spotted on the ground.

32 Tornadoes page 77 Myth:Areas near rivers, lakes, and mountains are safe from tornados. Fact:No place is safe from tornados. Myth:The low pressure with a tornado causes buildings to “explode” as the tornado passes overhead. Fact:Violent winds and debris slamming into buildings causes most structural damage. Myth:Windows should be opened before a tornado approaches to equalize pressure and to minimize damage. Fact:Opening windows allow damaging winds to enter the structure. Leave windows alone; instead, immediately go to a safe place.

33 Purpose of the Diocesan Disaster and Crisis Management Committee 1. Assist parishes, schools, families and individuals in planning for disasters by providing criteria for local disaster plans and providing resource information 2. Assist the Diocese in building a system of early responders 3. Monitor the environment for potential disasters and provide advisories to the Diocese 4. Provide advice to the Diocese during disasters 5. Assist the chancery safety team in planning for disasters that affect the chancery staff

34 Examine Resources – Free Training Incident Command System

35 Examine Resources – Free Training Are You Ready? - FEMA

36 Training Volunteers and Staff - CERT Are You Ready? - FEMA Working toward CERT teams in the parishes CERT = Community Emergency Response Team Following a major disaster, first responders who provide fire and medical services will not be able to meet the demand Factors as number of victims, communication failures, and road blockages will prevent people from accessing emergency services People will have to rely on each other for help in order to meet their immediate life saving and life sustaining needs.

37 Training Volunteers and Staff - CERT Are You Ready? - FEMA Began in 1985, now a nationwide program with connection to FEMA - Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and EMI - Emergency Management Institute New curriculum this year; waiting for release to begin CERT training But we aren’t going to wait! Red Cross Training – Wed May 20: First Aid, CPR, AED training

38 Start Preparing Now – Build Over Time

39 We Have Experienced Disasters Fire Our Lady of Guadalupe

40 Fires page 85 Major Causes of Fire Careless Smoking – Enforce Iowa law that prohibits smoking indoors. Combustible Waste –Combustible waste should be placed in approved containers with tight fitting covers, so that any fire occurring will be confined within the container. Materials capable of spontaneous ignition should be kept in separate containers. Electrical Hazards – Circuit breakers are the safety devices in electrical wiring. All electrical appliances used in the building must be UL approved and be inspected.

41 Fires page 85 Fire Prevention Do not permit the obstruction of hallways, doorways and ramps, or allow them to be used as storage areas. The proper operation of interior doors is necessary to divide the parish into sections, thus providing some protection to other areas. Keep all such doors closed when not in use. Working smoke detectors double your chance of surviving a fire. Experts advise that you clean smoke detectors regularly and replace batteries once a year. Plan two escape routes wherever you are. Windows should be easily opened, not nailed or painted shut. If you have security bars on windows, have a fire safety opening feature so they can be easily opened from inside.

42 Fires page 85 Procedures for Persons Discovering a Fire Look for smoke/fire or smoke detectors with solid red lights on. Feel for heat. When a fire is discovered, immediately call 911 and notify the staff person in charge. Evacuate all personnel to a safe distance as soon as possible. If the fire can be contained, obtain one of the correct fire extinguishers from the area nearest you and attempt to put out the fire. If the fire is too large to extinguish, try to confine it to one specific area by closing doors. Report the actions you have taken and then await further instructions. If unable to extinguish the fire, prepare to remove records and the Eucharist if ordered to do so.

43 Other Potential Disasters Earthquake Southern Illinois – 2008

44 Potential Disasters Earthquake Southern Illinois – 2008

45 A full Range of Disasters – In One Day

46 Communicating with Parishioners/Staff Radio / TV stations / Newspapers NOAA Weather Radio / All Hazards Community warning systems (sirens) Emergency & Wireless Network Parish group to cell phone text messaging

47 Radio / TV Stations / Newspapers Frequent updates Scrolling messages on local TV stations Low cost Simple monitoring

48 Radio / TV Stations / Newspapers Sign up to receive and cell phone text messages, but only for school closings; not for weather alerts.

49 Radio / TV Stations / Newspapers Sign up to receive and cell phone text messages. The Muscatine Journal uses the Quad-City Times program.

50 Newspapers Cedar Rapids Gazette takes it further to include weather, news, even sports. Be aware of limitations

51 NOAA Weather Radio / All Hazards NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards (NWR) is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information directly from the nearest National Weather Service office. NWR broadcasts official Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.National Weather Service office NWR is an "All Hazards" radio network, broadcasting warning and post-event information for all types of hazards – including natural (such as earthquakes or avalanches), environmental (such as chemical releases or oil spills), and public safety (such as AMBER alerts or 911 Telephone outages).

52 NOAA Weather Radio / All Hazards

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54 Whether you listen to the live streaming audio or download the static audio files, please remember that you should NOT rely on this Internet audio to receive watches or warnings. Instead, you should have a dedicated NOAA Weather Radio receiver which will alert you 24 hours a day to hazards in your area.NOAA Weather Radio receiver

55 Community warning systems (sirens) Usually based on National Weather Service reports and spotter reports. Usually initiated by the city/county dispatcher using radio remote control. Alerts are usually announced using set protocols to reduce delays.

56 “Code Red” county warning system

57 Duplin Co, NC = $22,500 annual cost, based on population City of Milford, CT = $20,000 annual cost, based on population

58 Emergency & Wireless Network

59 4 Steps:

60 Custom system at low cost

61 Parish group to cell phones Most cell phone companies allow sending messages as text messages. Add the 10 digit cell phone number to the carrier’s address. Usually limited to 140 characters and spaces per message.

62 Parish group to cell phones Make a chart of addresses with cell phone carriers. Add to Microsoft Outlook as groups. Copy the address book to other computers as needed or Use web-based such as G-mail with multiple access by those authorized to send messages.

63 Commercial Messaging Alternatives “Church Texter” by Trumpia Expensive, but convenient; no data entry by parish staff.

64 On-site Warnings Storm Flags

65 Contact information: Deacon Frank Agnoli – Deacon David Montgomery – Website – Page dedicated to disaster planning / resources –

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67 Implementation: Challenges Disaster planning is not in peoples’ mindset… No felt need or urgency… Paralysis… fear or overwhelmed by tasks… Finances Theological presumptions…


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