Over the past few months, I have heard the Red Cross in Southern Oregon providing ‘advice’ to radio listeners on one or more radio stations. However, having read about the recent track records of FEMA and the Red Cross in regard to large disasters in the U.S.
Nonetheless, when it comes to large-scale disaster, the media’s list of FEMA failure stories related to hurricane Katrina is long and very concerning, especially considering that Katrina may actually be a ‘small-scale’ event in scope compared to a national Grid-Down event, or the predicted big earthquake (9+Richter Scale) that is due on the west coast of the U.S. Very few people truly understand and can comprehend what the fallout from a disaster of that magnitude would be like. What concerns me is that, neither FEMA or the Red Cross are educating people properly in the needed preparedness strategies and tactics for an earthquake of the predicted magnitude.
Such inadequate advice on disaster preparedness assures there will be exponentially more casualties than need be, and that should concern all Americans.
Understanding what exactly would happen is critical in determining your own survival solution in a catastrophic event such as the predicted (9+ Richter Scale) earthquake along the Cascadia fault. When hurricane Sandy hit the New York area 7-years later, many of the same problems happened yet again!
From my chair, FEMA is ill equipped to provide any meaningful advice to others when they continue to have great difficulty in dealing with their own in-house preparedness for events that are small compared to a 9+ earthquake over a large area.
Instead of trying to justify their existence and advising Americans to keep just enough supplies to keep someone alive until their ‘best-case’ disaster relief materializes, these organizations could do a stellar job by just being honest with citizens by telling them the truth (‘you may be on your own for many weeks or months; make your own preparations accordingly’). Both organizations should start telling Americans that they need at least a few weeks with of supplies (I recommend 6 months for each person in the household) and supportive equipment. The predicted earthquake off Oregon-California (Cascadia fault) will produce a disaster on a very large-scale, possibly involving most of the west-coast of the U.S., and certainly many times worse than Katrina and Sandy together!
A 72-hour kit might be enough to get you back home, depending upon where you are when things get ugly, and how many bridges are out. But here’s what really puzzles me: On one of the local AM radio stations, I heard a young lady speaking for the Red Cross, providing advice related to the predicted massive west-coast 9+ earthquake, which they fully acknowledge.
So with their so-called ‘preparedness advice’ you might avoid a car accident or avoid a bump on the head only to end-up dehydrating, starving, freezing or suffering from an acute medical condition due to a lack of medication because you had relied upon that advice and a 72-hour supply kit to last for many weeks! If you have read about just some of the disaster failures by FEMA and the RED CROSS cited herein (the links), it’s clear that Americans need to look-out for ourselves in cases of large-scale disasters. Use your key for the next articleNext: National Only Child Day: Only children get a special day, too! PlayMeet "Disaster" and "Preparedness" -- two characters who will help you understand why you need to take personal responsibility to prepare yourself and your family for potential emergencies.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released their guidance today to emergency managers and citizens on how home owners should prepare for future storms. Summer can bring severe weather in the form of thunderstorms, hurricanes, tornados and even lightning sparked wildfires. Today's announcements urges property owners to take steps now to minimize damage in future storms.
This press release comes as New York and Vermont are bracing for another bout of possible severe thunderstorms that are forecast to hit the area this afternoon as forecast by the National Weather Service. Be aware of flood hazards no matter where you live or work, but especially if you are in low-lying areas, near water, behind a levee or downstream from a dam. Elevate the furnace, water heater and electric panel in your home if you live in an area that has a high flood risk. Make sure your sump pump is working and then install a battery-operated backup in case of a power failure. Raise your electrical components (switches, sockets, circuit breakers, and wiring) at least 12 inches above your home's projected flood elevation.

Be sure trees and shrubs around your home are well trimmed so they are more wind resistant.
An important aspect of being prepared for any disaster is to build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan.
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These days, most colleges have emergency plans that outline procedures in the event of a natural or manmade disaster. Make sure that your son or daughter updates their cell phone contacts and adds an “In Case of Emergency” number in their contact list. Work out a family communications plan with your college-bound student so that she or he will know where to get in touch with you at any time, or where to leave a message if communications between home and school are disrupted.
Prepare an emergency information sheet listing the names, locations and phone numbers for family members, physicians, medical insurance, and other important resources. Check with your homeowners’ insurance company to see if your policy covers your student’s belongings at school.
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Preparedness is the watchword in Deutsch New York's pro-bono campaign for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The organization estimates that 60 percent of families have no contingencies in place, and fewer than 30 percent updated their supplies (bottled water, canned food, flashlights) in the past year.
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In the radio announcement, they are providing preparedness information about the predicted 9+ earthquake that occurs off the Northern California-Oregon coast every 300-350 years, and is expected to hit anytime now.
I believe that the related timeframe for any such relief effort may require many weeks or months. And even fewer people understand how to prepare and protect themselves and their families in such an event.
And their lack of leadership in this regard is being cloned by smaller government agencies who look to FEMA and the Red Cross for disaster preparedness guidance. This means at least all of the basics; water, food, first aid, clothing, backup shelter such as tents, medicines that anyone requires on a regular bases, supportive equipment and fuel.
In metropolitan areas, it’s likely you will have to abandon your vehicle and head for home on foot, and this might take several days or more in the post-disaster chaos.

And that advice was just so obtuse I had to write this article… the totality of the advice in the announcement in regard to a 9+ earthquake was to: “pull off the side of the road if you feel the ground moving”, “make sure there are no pictures hanging over your bed”, etc.
As demonstrated by the devastating tornadoes in Oklahoma, severe weather can strike quickly, leaving families with little or no time to prepare. Lawrence valley communities are downstream from the hydroelectic dams along the Grasse, Raquette and Oswegatchie rivers.
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A kit can be as simple as a backpack containing items like a flashlight, a small radio, extra batteries, a solar-powered or hand-cranked cell phone charger, energy bars, water and first aid supplies. If not, call the admissions officer to request a copy of the plan and to confirm that your student is registered with its emergency notification system. Families Have No Disaster Plan, but This Ad Hopes to Change That Deutsch N.Y. A bleak new PSA raises the question in ways that emergency managers hope will get Americans thinking.
The effort, released through the Ad Council and timed to coincide with National Preparedness Month in September, encourages families to devise emergency plans before catastrophe strikes. The goal should be to determine a place to meet and a way to communicate if cell service is disrupted, he said.
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I’m not suggesting these organizations are useless; they are no doubt effective in localized emergencies and with other projects.
The strategy that is needed, which is not being proffered by FEMA or Red Cross, is to create an in-depth level of preparedness at the household level; Americans need to be in a position to fend for themselves for many weeks as a minimum! I suspect this may be the case because these organizations aren’t sure what to do themselves in a magnitude 9 or 10 earthquake, so as a default, they advise a ridiculous 72-hours-worth of supplies (the basics for a very short-term event, where disaster relief is close at hand).
He is responsible for coordinating the efforts and training of 41 Fire and ambulance departments in the largest county in NY spread over 2900 square miles supporting a population of 110,000 people. If you can, get set-up to be on your own for many weeks; six-months-worth of supplies is best. Submit your request ONCE per commercial, and allow 48 to 72 hours for your request to be processed. In any large-scale disaster, the last thing you want or need is to suddenly run-out of the essentials for basic survival! But that’s exactly what you have when you rely on the failed disaster survival strategies and advice currently being proffered by these government organizations.

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