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In a disaster power and communication infrastructure is often damaged which means there is no way to communicate. Every Chrysalis administrator receives a portable HAM radio and is a federally licensed HAM radio operator. Each house is equipped with an emergency 72 hour kit as well as additional emergency food storage that will feed both the individuals being served as well as the staff.
Every Chrysalis employee is trained in CPR and First Aid and each house contains an emergency first aid kit to treat minor wounds caused by the disaster. Following Hurricane Katrina and the California wild fires the National Council on Disability issued a report stating that most government plans fail to consider the most vulnerable Americans in their emergency plans. Emergency planners and government officials are generally unfamiliar and unaware of the unique needs of individuals with developmental disabilities. At Chrysalis we feel that the responsibility of preparedness starts with the person and with Chrysalis. Flood waters have rushed through Boulder, as well as 16 additional counties throughout Colorado, stretching about 200 miles from north to south, damaging nearly 18,000 homes, destroying more than 1,500 houses and contributing to the death of at least seven people.
A visually impaired man walking in Denver with his service dog was swept into a drainage ditch and pulled out four blocks later by a police officer and paramedic. Because the waters obliterated many roads, authorities haven’t been able to ascertain exactly how many people might be stranded or missing. Small towns in the western mountains are completely isolated without road access, telephone information, power, water or sewer. People are being taken to safety in inflatable rafts, as entire houses were submerged by rising floodwater. When the National Weather Service issues a flood watch, monitor potential flood hazards on NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards or on the Internet.
Keep away from downed power lines and any other electrical wires—electrocution is often a major cause of death in floods.
When a flood or flash flood warning is issued for your area, head for higher ground and stay there. Because standard homeowner’s insurance doesn’t cover flooding, it’s important to have protection from the floods associated with hurricanes, tropical storms, heavy rains and other conditions that impact the U.S. If you have recently sustained loss or damage due to the severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides, you may be eligible for disaster aid. In cases of extreme cold, consider letting faucets drip slightly since moving water takes longer to freeze than standing water.
Squabbles among office workers about the temperature can cause tensions and lead to decreased productivity.
Consider setting a standard office temperature and name one person whose job it is to adjust the thermostat. In addition to protecting the physical systems in your building, take a look at your emergency supplies. Fire is a frequent topic of safety discussions because it is a primal force that strikes fear in the heart of man and beast. A video about smoke alarm safety includes information about the benefits of interconnecting alarms, testing alarms, checking for expiration dates and regularly replacing batteries. Review your overall fire safety plan including evacuation routes, location of extinguishers, rules on stairwell and elevator usage, etc.
Fire Prevention Week is an opportunity for building owners to engage staff and employees in preventing the threat of fire.
Since the best way to deal with a hurricane is to prepare for one, you should acquaint yourself with websites and notification centers as well as the terminology used to distinguish between different storm warnings.
Once you are set up to receive weather updates, the next step in hurricane preparedness is to be able to distinguish between the terminologies used to describe various storm systems. Tropical storm conditions (defined by sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph) are possible within a specified coastal area within 48 hours. Tropical storm conditions (defined by sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph) are expected somewhere within a specified coastal area within 36 hours. Hurricane conditions (defined by sustained winds of 74 mph or higher) are possible within a specified coastal area.
An announcement that hurricane conditions (defined by sustained winds of 74 mph or higher) are expected somewhere within a specified coastal area.
Bring in outdoor objects such as lawn furniture, toys, and garden tools and anchor objects that cannot be brought inside. Although there is no easy answer—or “silver bullet”—to solve every problem that can hamper the efforts of law enforcement, firefighting, rescue and emergency medical personnel before, during and after natural disasters, the surest way to reduce confusion and quickly restore order is to establish a Communications Plan before you need one. An Emergency Communications’ Plan outlines formal decision-making structures and clearly defined leadership roles necessary for coordinating emergency communications’ capabilities.
To help you with the process, FEMA has put together free resources including a Family Emergency Plan as well as a Business Continuity and Disaster Preparedness Plan, which is posted online for easy-access to clients of the RJWestmore, Inc.
USPS, which provides continuing mail service for those displaced by disasters through change of address forms. National Next of Kin Registry, an organization where the public can archive emergency point of contact information.
Community Voice Mail, which offers free personalized phone numbers with voicemail to people in crisis and transition for job search, housing, healthcare and family contact.
Contact Loved Ones, which is a free voice message service, accessible from any phone, to reestablish contact between those affected by a disaster and their loved ones and friends. Also, at the state and local level, you should be able to access additional information specific to your geographical location. With the recent earthquake in Haiti and hurricane in New Orleans, people are keenly aware that disasters can and will happen. So, in light of the Haitian earthquake and Hurricane Katrina, take time to review your disaster-related evacuation planning and tenant safety issues.
The primary type of insurance for commercial property owners is commercial property insurance which covers the physical structure from various types of natural or manmade disasters. Make sure your building is current with regard to all safety codes before you apply for new coverage or try to renew an existing policy. Carefully review whether the policy allows for “actual cash value” or “replacement value?” Actual cash value factors in depreciation of the insured object, while replacement value reimburses policy-holders for the current cost of replacing the lost or damaged item. Consider other types of insurance such worker’s compensation, liability, and vehicle coverage. With the holiday season, some people experience anxiety about finding that one “perfect” gift for everyone on their list. If you give the gift of emergency preparedness, you will be encouraging the recipient to carefully consider whether he or she is prepared for emergencies.
Read about the different types of extinguishers before purchasing, especially if you’re purchasing them for building occupants that store toxic chemicals or other substances. Other gifts mentioned on FEMA’s list include NOAA weather radios, foldable ladders, enrollment in a CPR class, smoke detectors, and car emergency kits. If you are a building owner or manager who is thinking about your building’s safety procedures, contact us to discuss our safety training services. After a disaster, you will need to make sure all of your family members are accounted for and healthy. Make sure costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or potential contact with flames. Use non-toxic and hypoallergenic makeup and small decorative hats as safe alternatives to toxic materials and large caps that could block vision. Before they head out, casually remind your children to “Stop-Drop-Roll” in the unlikely event that their clothes catch fire.
To prevent possible fire, use only battery-powered lanterns or chemical lightsticks in place of candles in decorations and costumes.
Look both ways before crossing the street, checking carefully for cars, trucks and low-flying brooms. To keep neighborhood children safe, eliminate potential tripping hazards on your porch and walkway. Sharing simple safety rules with your child is just another great way RJ Westmore encourages folks to BE SAFE!
Now an annual event, the ShakeOut will incorporate numerous exercises and drills designed to prepare adults and children to react quickly in the rather likely event of a California quake. At RJWestmore, Inc., we specialize in fire life safety and disaster preparedness training and education, so we can testify to the fact that behavior has to be learned and then drilled often in order to become automatic. We are proud to join thousands of emergency organizations, emergency responders, and Search and Rescue organizations in support of Drop, Cover, and Hold On education. Now is the perfect time to make sure you’re prepared, as September is National Preparedness Month.
WIC provides the following at no cost: healthy foods, nutrition education and counseling, breastfeeding support, and referrals for health care. Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders are apparent when comparing their health indicators against the rest of the U.S. A group of Essentia Health employees traveled to the Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, Ala., earlier this year for an intensive training and coordination session that would help Northeastern Minnesota cope if a pandemic influenza virus were to sweep through the population.
The Northeast Healthcare Preparedness Coalition, which is made up of healthcare workers, members of the National Guard, emergency responders and other officials, already meets several times each year to go over such plans, says Hilde Perala, Emergency Preparedness Program Manager for Essentia Health-St.
Six Essentia Health employees took part in pandemic training through the Center for Domestic Preparedness. Marilyn Cluka, Public Health Preparedness Consultant with the Minnesota Department of Health, agreed.
The Pandemic Planning and Preparedness course offered through the Center for Domestic Preparedness includes training on planning for operations and security in case of a pandemic event, as well as keeping open services and infrastructure vital to healthcare systems and maintaining law and order. The training was specific to a pandemic flu situation, but Perala says the experience would apply to other situations that rely on “a core of preparedness,” she says.
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While this comment feature is limited to Essentia Health employees and physicians, it can be viewed by anyone. Light rail traction power employee demonstrates the installation procedure for the catenary voltage tester to ensure the power is off and the scene is safe during the Full Scale Exercise. Full-scale exercise involving transit police, local police, the fire department, local EMS, bus system operations, light rail safety, traction power and operations personnel. The primary goal of the workshop is to illustrate how professionals in the emergency services of police, fire, emergency management and public transportation can partner, collaborate and share resources and operational plans to minimize the loss of life and damage to property and ultimately to stabilize the incident.The workshop focuses on teaching emergency services and public transit each other’s respective capabilities, expertise and contributions during emergency incidents.
Participants in the workshop are introduced to the fundamental principles of emergency management.
Recovery: Recovery includes helping those in immediate need of food, housing and medication.
The National Incident Management System (NIMS) was first conceived by the California Division of Forestry when responding to wildfires in southern California in the 1970s.
NIMS is a core set of doctrine, principles, terminology and organizational process that ensures effective, efficient and collaborative incident management at all levels. Public transit professionals are certainly encouraged to go to the FEMA website where they can become certified in ICS 100, 200, 700 and 800.
Tabletop exercises are invaluable tools for preparing responders and testing emergency plans, policies and procedures.
Following the after-action report, each group then manages the recovery phase of the scenario. The exercise demonstrates that no single agency can effectively manage a major emergency alone. From an emergency response perspective, there are two kinds of transit agencies: those that have lived through a crisis and those that will.
The “Connecting Communities” workshop provides an opportunity for agencies and stakeholders to become acquainted with one another, their interrelated roles and their respective responsibilities.
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History has shown that we can't expect emergency services to support our individuals in the beginning.
To date, emergency management officials give a rough estimate that 658 people remain unaccounted for and 11,750 people have been evacuated as a result of the storms on the Front Range. In affected areas, people routinely plan for severe weather such as tornadoes, hurricanes and blizzards.
He became trapped when a bridge collapsed, sending his car into a creek, flipping it on its roof. Keep copies in your home and store originals in a secure place outside the home, such as a bank safe deposit box. If you come upon a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. A blower door uses a calibrated fan with a pressure-sensitive device to measure air pressure and identify leaks.
Keeping the temperature at 64 degrees at night instead of turning it completely off does not save energy. While salt is the most commonly used method for melting ice, there are new environmentally-friendly alternatives including sugar beet formulas. Although it might look like a scene from a cartoon or movie, a 20-pound block of ice from 30 stories up can be dangerous. Review codes which often mandate dry pipe sprinkler systems (water is not in the pipes until system operation) for temperatures under 40F. If they are allowed, make sure employees follow strict safety rules including proper storage of paper. Can your building accommodate every tenant overnight or for multiple days in case of a blizzard? Our new Version 2.0 e-based training system offers the best emergency training system with automated and integrated features. It is also a relatively common occurrence compared to other disasters, and can cause severe damage to people as well as structures.
October 3-9 is the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) official Fire Prevention Week. In 1871, the Great Chicago Fire roared through Chicago, leaving more than 100,000 people homeless and 17,000 structures destroyed.
To learn more about fire safety, review the many fire-related topics that we have covered in previous posts, including: fire evacuation procedures, flammable materials, extinguishers and sprinkler systems, and fire hazards. Another free weather notification system is available via the Emergency Email and Wireless Network, which provides breaking weather alerts and an information-packed National Weather Situation Page. Where hurricanes and tropical storms are concerned, the following definitions are critical. Because hurricane preparedness activities become difficult once winds reach tropical storm force, the hurricane watch is issued 48 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds. Because hurricane preparedness activities become difficult once winds reach tropical storm force, the hurricane warning is issued 36 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds. For example, The American Red Cross has a Safe and Well Website to help families keep in touch after a disaster. Emergency agencies access the system when there is a need to locate next of kin in urgent situations. One such resource is put out by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). And then, review and evaluate your insurance policy to make sure you have adequate coverage.
If the insurance agent who reviews your property finds evidence of safety violations, he or she might fail to recommend the property to underwriters. If your building is severely damaged, would you be able to offer temporary facilities for displaced workers? Our e-based system offers the best emergency training available, with automated and integrated features.
Maybe your gift will encourage them to develop a comprehensive emergency plan with exit routes, meeting locations, and an inventory of supplies and equipment. And the holiday season provides a great opportunity to ensure that you and your loved ones are taking simple steps to be prepared,” said FEMA administrator, Craig Fugate.” Our friends at FEMA have put together a list of great gifts for the holidays, and, in this blog, we took a closer look at a few of them.
Get your children involved in preparedness to help them understand how important it is to be prepared and encourage them to remain calm under duress. Check every chest of drawers and other large furniture to make sure everything is well-secured to a wall. FEMA has a great online matching game that allows children to visualize the key components of an emergency kit.
Provide multiple numbers including the addresses of relatives who live far away in case the emergency has knocked out local communications. Then, it’s time to contact agencies such as your local Red Cross and to keep watch on alerts from FEMA. We have compiled the following simple instructions to give kids a, safe, fun, exciting holiday experience, while providing parents with peace of mind. In much the same way kids across America have been taught to Stop, Drop and Roll in case of fire, this exercise will give us all the opportunity to practice how to Drop, Cover and Hold On.
If an earthquake hits, you may only have seconds to protect yourself before strong shaking knocks you down, or causes something to fall onto you.
If you wonder whether you are adequately prepared to deal with an earthquake, take this free interactive quiz, which was prepared by the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management.
So check back often to learn about how to update your disaster plans and restock your disaster supplies kits. Mary’s Medical Center, the laboratory, respiratory care and pharmacy attended the training. It’s free to healthcare providers as part of their emergency preparedness efforts. The training was so valuable that the team is exploring other training courses they might be able to take at the center, she adds.
If there’s any reason we can’t post your message, we will contact you directly via e-mail to explain why. Over the past two years alone, more than 130 presidential disaster declarations have been issued covering 45 states and territories.
The participants include representatives of local law enforcement, fire service, local emergency management, emergency medical services and public and private transit agencies. Also key are the types of resources and services each agency can bring to the table, resulting in an effective multi-discipline response.
Emergency management is a comprehensive, integrated program of preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation for emergencies and disasters of any kind. During this phase the clean-up process begins along with the rebuilding effort to return the affected areas as back to normal as possible. Mitigation identifies likely hazards and their impact with the idea of moving community residents away from the hazardous area. It was initially created to establish consistent, standard terminology and to efficiently manage the expansion of wildfire incidents. HSPD-5 also required the development of a National Response Plan (now called National Response Framework).Participants in the “Connecting Communities” workshop review the fundamental principles of NIMS and the Incident Command System (ICS). NIMS also provides a framework for interoperability and compatibility while striking a balance between flexibility and standardization.
Participants will come away from the workshop with a practical understanding of command structures, including unified command, command and general staff positions, as well as their duties and functions. Watching Abrams tanks and armored personnel carriers patrol the streets near my office is a sight I will not forget.
SCRTD relocated 150 buses from its Division 5 operating facility in South Central Los Angeles to other divisions in the system.
A major incident is going to require the resources and expertise from many organizations and agencies.


We always begin the workshop by telling participants that one of the best things that can happen in the next two days is the exchange of business cards among them. Also, Transit Security Grant Program (TGSP) funding or Urban Security Initiative (UASI) funding can be used to bring this workshop to your agency.
And this is why we developed emergency preparedness training programs that will assure their safety, protecting them from further harm and your company from liability, in the event of an emergency. If you would like to donate to relief efforts, contact the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army or Help Colorado Now.
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The popular video of the Metrodome collapsing in Minneapolis is a vivid reminder of the potential hazards of winter weather.
Modern HVAC systems work quickly and can quickly bring room temperature to comfortable levels. Make sure you have plenty of warm blankets, portable heat sources and extra food in case you get snowed in. The NFPA has been the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for nearly 90 years, and has made great strides in the area of fire safety for the public. While most people believe a cow started the fire, many historians note other possible culprits. Organize an interactive event where employees and facility management can speak directly to firefighters. Although you can’t control when a hurricane or other emergency may happen, it’s imperative that you take personal responsibility to make sure you are ready. Check back next week, when we will continue our series about hurricane safety and preparation.
Assess the situation and use common sense and available resources to take care of yourself and your co-workers or family members and to manage the recovery of your family or organization.
The business plan is designed to encourage you to gather emergency information and formalize plans for staying in business following a disaster, and includes information critical for coordinating with neighboring businesses, cooperating with emergency personnel and considering critical operations, staff and procedures. If you have been affected by a disaster, this website provides a way for you to register yourself as “safe and well.” From a list of standard messages, you can select those that you want to communicate to your family members, letting them know of your well-being.
Although people often groan about paying high insurance premiums, covering them beats the alternative of facing an uninsured disaster that could literally ruin your business as well as your reputation. Earthquakes are more regional, but remember; some places you wouldn’t think about have had earthquakes. Horror stories about ghosts and goblins, and even scarier real-life tales of kidnappers and poisonend treats, are legitimate causes for fear on October 31.
But taking the extra step of traveling and spending three days of intense classroom and practice training was very valuable, she says. No public or private entity is immune to disasters, and no single segment of society can meet the complex needs of a major emergency or disaster on its own.
Connecting the communities of emergency services and public transit is the key concept of the workshop; each agency contributes in its unique way.
Emergency management establishes order and supplies resources to incidents exceeding the capability of single jurisdictions.
Evaluation of available resources needs to take place in order to disseminate these resources effectively. This can be done through the use of building codes, or property zoning regulations away from flood plains as well as, at times, property acquisitions. Over the years, fire service agencies throughout the country have adopted the use of the incident command system and have used it and trained with it. These principles show that direct, effective command and control are essential at every type of incident. While most of the law enforcement, fire service and emergency participants in the workshop regularly use and are certified in NIMS, most public transportation providers are not familiar with the use of ICS or NIMS.
Most importantly, public transportation providers — who could be a critical element and integral part of the incident response and recovery — will understand where they fit into command structure as well as to whom they report in the overall command of the incident. Moreover, tabletop exercises train responders in their roles and responsibilities, improve responder coordination and communication, and develop effective teamwork. Transit systems have a place at the emergency management planning table; transit systems can offer tremendous resources in times of emergency. If you would like more information about how to bring this workshop to your transit system, contact the National Transit Institute.
We offer a variety of valuable training programs - CPR, First Aid, AED, Building Evacuation and more - that are all taught by experienced industry experts and meet OSHA requirements.
Videos and still photographs of the recent flooding in Colorado are effectively demonstrating that flooding can wreak unimaginable horrors on large populations.
Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the fire, and marked the start of fire departments’ role in education and prevention, in addition to the physical acts of fighting fires. This week, in our final post in a series about preparing and recovering from tropical storms and hurricanes, we’ll examine where to turn to stay on top of forecasts and local emergency plans. There is a proven correlation between individual training and preparedness and life safety. So make sure that your insurance is sufficient to cover construction and code-approval time. But you can also include some simple graphic designs, clip art or photos into the plan to make it easy for younger kids to understand. Front row, from left: Evie Michaelson, Emergency Department director and Hilde Perala, Emergency Preparedness program manager. When disaster strikes, the community is clearly divided into only two entities: those who need help and those who can provide help.
The facilitators possess professional backgrounds in law enforcement, fire service and public transportation. Emergency situations requiring a multi-agency response have happened before and will happen again. No matter the scale of the incident, the local incident commander or unified command is in charge of the emergency impacting its area. The preparedness phase is where training, readiness exercises and drills are coordinated to educate responders so that they can practice working together. The key to success is to have a coordinated incident command structure in which all of the players integrate their resources to address the problem in a safe and effective manner. Tragically, 53 people lost their lives with thousands injured and billions of dollars in property damage.The Southern California Rapid Transit District (SCRTD, now called LA Metro) was an integral part of the response to this incident.
Also, SCRTD maintenance personnel fueled and repaired hundreds of response vehicles, including police cars, fire apparatus, National Guard trucks and Humvees, as well as many other assorted response vehicles.
The scenarios can include hurricane, tornado, terrorism, blackout, flooding, civil disturbance and hazardous materials release.
We also know that every company is different, which is why we will customize a training program to meet your company's specific needs.
Vandalism coverage should also be considered since manmade damage can lead to costly repairs. So, if your home is located in a floodplain, be sure you establish emergency plans to share with your relatives and neighbors. We must recognize the reality that such events happen and how a coordinated multi-agency response can mean the difference between success and failure.
Local responding agencies may request additional resources through the next layer of government.
One of the key elements in preparedness for public transit agencies is designing evacuation plans. In those days SCRTD regularly participated in what was then called “disaster drills,” what we now call full-scale exercises.
One hundred forty SCRTD buses transported responders to and from the riot areas, including county sheriff deputies, National Guardsmen and U.S.
The exercise is designed to test the theoretical ability of the group to respond to an incident.Each group is asked to set up an incident command system for the response and recovery phases of their scenario. Problems are often created, however, when there is no communication prior to the emergency and each organization feels that its specific agenda or interest is most important.
Furthermore, transit agencies are uniquely qualified to efficiently provide emergency service to people who lack mobility options. This could involve, for example, a county office of emergency management, should the need exceed the supply of local resources. Ultimately, the ability to mount a safe and effective response builds on what is accomplished during planning and preparedness activities.
Similarly, the county may request assistance from the state office of emergency management, and it in turn can request the assistance of the federal government.
Incident commanders on the scene assess the situation and call for the development of an incident action plan that identifies needed resources. The working relationships established during those disaster drills between police, fire, local emergency management and SCRTD personnel laid the groundwork for the efficient use of SCRTD resources during the riot.
Clearly SCRTD had a major role in providing facility resources, fuel and skilled personnel to support the tactical response to the riot. As the exercise proceeds at intervals of 15 to 20 minutes, scenario updates are given to the group that can expand or complicate the scenario, forcing modifications to the tactical response and unified command structure.
The real issue is not just communicating command — it is also coordination and cooperation.
This plan could incorporate a role for public transportation providers in meeting evacuation needs.
At the end of the exercise each group presents an after-action report on how it established a command structure, its incident response priorities and what hindrances occurred during the exercise and how they were overcome.



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