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2 Getting Prepared at Home and Work JoAnn Jordan Emergency Preparedness Education Coordinator City of Seattle Emergency Management

3 Did You Know??????  Washington State has the 3rd highest threat of earthquake in the United States.  The Puget Sound area has 4 different types of earthquakes that can strike at any time.  The Puget Sound area already has nearly 1,000 earthquakes each year. Earthquake Preparedness

4 It’s Not Just Earthquakes Earthquake Severe weather Fire Hazardous material Spill Terrorism Bird Flu - Pandemic What do these all have in common?  City services may be overwhelmed  You’ll need information  You may have to be on your own for a minimum of 3 days  You’ll want to get in touch with those you care about  You may have to evacuate your home or neighborhood or workplace

5 Prepare for consequences, not specific disasters To keep from getting overwhelmed, focus on the consequences and impacts of an earthquake or other disasters and you’ll find there are a few basic preparedness measures that covers all disasters. Get Ready to respond to the consequences before they happen! Preparedness = Empowerment

6 What are the consequences or impacts of a disaster? Extended disruption to infrastructure carries the most impacts. Utilities - Water, Sewer, Electricity Road Ways and Bridges Telephone Emergency Response Agencies may be overwhelmed immediately following a moderate to major disaster.

7 Step One: Get Ready! Teach your family and co-works how to be safe in an earthquake Drop Cover and Hold under a desk, table or counter Sit against an inside wall Get lower than furnishings (Beneath, Beside, Between) What If Game! What if I’m ……..

8 Get Ready: Stock Supplies Store a 3 day supply of food and necessities for you and your family.  Water  Radio and Batteries  Prescription Meds  Food  Flashlight & Glow Sticks  Eye glasses  Sturdy shoes  Comfy clothes What do I put my supplies in and where do I put it? Have a smaller kit in your car and at work.

9 What skills will you need to take care of yourself, your family, your neighborhood, your co-workers? Fire evacuation planning Learn how to use a fire extinguisher First Aid How and when to control utilities Reduce earthquake hazards  If it would break and fall and hurt someone  If it would break and fall and block an exit

10 Step 2: Have a plan Communications plan  Long Distance phone lines are more reliable than local lines. Have a point of contact for your family who lives outside of Washington State to relay information to each other. Reunion Plan  If you can’t get home, where would you stay?  If you can’t get home, where would you meet? Ask questions about the disaster plans for your children’s school/daycare or your parents retirement community. Make sure everyone knows and understands the your plan. After a disaster, Please stay off all phones for a minimum of 4 hours.

11 Practice your plan If you never practiced “drop, cover and hold”, the likelihood of you performing this “Quake Safe” action when the earthquake shakes is only about 10%. Every time I practice, I double my chances of doing drop, cover and hold when the real earthquake happens!!

12 Step 3: Get Organized The key to successful response is working together!

13 Getting organized Response Tasks:  Controlling utilities  Simple search and rescue  Damage Assessment People Tasks:  First Aid  Shelter  Communications Outline the details  Where’s the gathering place both inside and outside the buildings?  Who will be in charge?  Where are the utilities located?  Who might need some extra help?

14 Benefits of getting organized  You, your family and your co-workers become better prepared.  You get to know each other.  You can save time and money working together.  You increase efficiency of responding to the immediate needs following a disaster.  You have peace of mind knowing that you are able to take care of yourselves.  It’s Fun!

15 Want More Information? Call Seattle Office of Emergency Management at 206-233-7123

16 Get Prepared for 3 Days in These 3 Ways Step 1: Build a kit for home & work  Water  Radio  Food  Prescription meds  Light sticks and flashlights  Clothes  Cash  TP  Pet supplies and crate Step 2: Plan with your family  Fire evacuation plan  Disaster reunion plan  Communications plan choosing an out of area point of contact as a way to connect with each other in disaster Step 3: Learn Skills  First aid  Utility control Start Now!

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