USS Somerset (LPD 25) sits pierside at Naval Base Coronado during the 2016 National Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer (NEPLO) conference as EPLOs from various military services depart the ship following a tour. Amphibious units train and prepare to effectively respond and support a natural disaster within 72 hours. Also participating in part of the conference were Assault Craft Unit 1 and Amphibious Construction Battalion 1.
ACU 1 provided Landing Craft Utility 1627 for tours so that conference attendees could better understand an LCU's capabilities.
Somerset has a tremendous capability to aid areas affected by a natural disaster because of the well deck, flight deck, and medical facilities on the ship.
Conference attendees learn about Amphibious Construction Battalion 1's tactical vehicles and equipment. Any major disaster could temporarily overwhelm Police, Fire and Ambulance and First Responders. There are many daily conveniences that we all take for granted; running water, electricity, gas, telephones, getting cash from an ATM machine, or even running to the grocery store to pick up milk and bread. All of us face the possibility of natural disasters, accidents, power outages or intentional acts to disrupt our daily lives. Preparedness is a continuous cycle of planning, organizing, training, equipping, exercising, evaluation and improvement activities to ensure effective coordination and the enhancement of capabilities to prevent, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the effects of natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters.
In the preparedness phase, emergency managers develop plans of action to manage and counter their risks and take action to build the necessary capabilities needed to implement such plans.
Proper maintenance and training of emergency services, including mass human resources such as Community Emergency Response Teams. Learn how to prepare for your family and at your workplace, explore many links to resources and see what to do for your pets. Families can and do cope with disaster by preparing in advance and working together as a team. A National Weather Service (NWS) WATCH is a message indicating that conditions favor the occurrence of a certain type of hazardous weather.
An NWS WARNING indicates that a hazardous event is occurring or is imminent in about 30 minutes to an hour.
What type of disasters are most likely to happen in your community? Identify which human-caused or technological disasters can affect your region, too.
Does your community have a public warning system? What do your communitya€™s warning signals sound like and what should you do when you hear them?
What about animal care after disaster? Pets (other than service animals) are not permitted in places where food is served, according to many local health department regulations.
If you care for elderly or disabled persons, how can you help them? What might be some special needs to consider? What are the disaster plans at your workplace, your childrena€™s school or day care center, and other places where members of your family spend time? You should be prepared wherever you may be when disaster strikes and learn steps you can take to prevent or avoid disasters. Outside of your neighborhood in case you cana€™t return home or are asked to leave your neighborhood.
Quiz your kids every six months so they remember what to do, meeting places, phone numbers, and safety rules. As a last resort, if you absolutely must leave your pets behind, prepare an emergency pen in the home that includes a three-day supply of dry food and a large container of fresh water. Meet with your neighbors to plan how the neighborhood could work together after a disaster until help arrives. Know your neighborsa€™ special skills (for example, medical, technical) and consider how you could help neighbors who have special needs, such as disabled and elderly persons. First aid kit, including prescription medications, dentures, extra eyeglasses, and hearing aid batteries.
Persons with disabilities, or those who may have mobility problems (such as elderly persons), should prepare as anyone else. Keep a flashlight handy to signal your whereabouts to other people and for illumination to aid in communication. If you have a hearing ear dog, be aware that the dog may become confused or disoriented in an emergency. If you have a guide dog, be aware that the dog may become confused or disoriented in an emergency. FL GOP Senate Candidate Wins Straw Poll, Chides House Freedom Caucus More than half of Muslims want gay sex to be outlawed and nearly a quarter support areas of UK being run under sharia law Media Cover Up at Chicago Teachers Union Strike-Action March DeSantis : a€?Patrick Murphy Is Not A Moderatea€? (Video) 10 Ways to Adjust to an Empty Nest Does Justice Sotomayor prefer the Constitution or diversity? The Mountain Communities Emergency Preparedness Open House, at Lake Arrowhead Village, begins at 10 a.m . Lake Arrowhead, CA – An Emergency Preparedness Open House, on Saturday, August 17, at Lake Arrowhead Village, will provide vital information to the public about being ready for wildfires, earthquakes, floods or even personal emergencies. First responders, and other organizations that promote a better quality of life for the mountain communities, will be staffing booths or displays.
The idea behind the event is to encourage local residents and visitors to be ready for an emergency by planning, preparing and protecting homes and businesses.


Navy's unique ship-to-shore capabilities as well as the roles and responsibilities of the amphibious fleet during Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA) scenarios and real life disaster response.
Events like the NEPLO conference allow the Navy and all military services to learn to work together in a cohesive environment with local authorities in times of crisis.
Because an LCU can easily enter and exit an amphibious ship's well deck, it allows the Navy to transport heavy equipment and cargo from ships to shore in order to provide aid where port facilities are unavailable. The ship is also able to produce thousands of gallons of water to provide to an area in need. Both the Red Cross and FEMA recommend that you try to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours (3 days) following a disaster. Power outages can close grocery stores, put ATM machines out of order and prevent you from doing simple things like putting gasoline in your car. We cannot control the weather or prevent disasters from happening, but there are steps you can take to minimize risks from known hazards. Professional emergency workers are rapidly overwhelmed in mass emergencies so trained, organized, responsible volunteers are extremely valuable.
Place emergency stickers with the number and location of your pets in prominent places near doors and windows. What would you do if basic services, such as water, gas, electricity, or telephones were cut off? For example, a severe thunderstorm watch means that a severe thunderstorm is expected in the next six hours or so within an area approximately 120 to 150 miles wide and 300 to 400 miles long (36,000 to 60,000 square miles).
Remember to consider major chemical emergencies that can occur anywhere chemical substances are stored, manufactured, or transported. Plan where you would take your pets if you had to go to a public shelter where they are not permitted.
Separation is a real possibility during the day when adults are at work and children are at school. Turn off utilities only if you suspect a leak or damaged lines, or if you are instructed to do so by authorities.
Unless responsible family members know how to use your particular model, they may not be able to use it effectively.
Make sure that all family members know where the portable, battery-operated radio or television is located, and always keep a supply of extra batteries. NOAA Weather Radio now broadcasts warning and post-event information for all types of hazards both natural (such as weather and flooding, as well as earthquakes and volcanic activity) and technological (such as chemical releases or oil spills). While basements are appropriate for tornadoes, they could be deadly in a major chemical emergency. Include information such as serial numbers, make and model numbers, physical descriptions, and price of purchases (receipts, if possible). Select alternate routes in case the main evacuation route is blocked during an actual disaster. Talk about typical effects that children can relate to, such as loss of electricity, water, and telephone service. Help children recognize the warning signs for the disasters that could happen in your community.Discussing disaster ahead of time reduces fear and anxiety and lets everyone know how to respond. However, pets (other than service animals) are not permitted in public shelters, according to many local health department regulations and because of other considerations. Letting someone know your travel plans will help relieve the fear and anxiety of those who care. If you turn gas off, a licensed professional is required to turn it back on, and it may take weeks for a professional to respond.
Make sure you have enough sand, burlap, or plastic bags, shovels, strong helpers, and time to place them properly. Many people will be trying to accomplish the same things you are for their familya€™s safety. If you have to step in water to get to the fuse box or circuit breaker, call an electrician first for advice. If possible, set out a flare and stay on the scene to warn others until authorities arrive. For example, if you need help moving or require special arrangements to receive emergency messages, make a plan with friends.
Decide whether it is better to leave the area, stay with a friend, or go to a public shelter. Martin O'Malley hold a news briefing after a meeting of the National Capital Region emergency preparedness and response group with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano September 1, 2009 in Washington, DC. Organizations like Community Emergency Response Teams and the Red Cross are ready sources of trained volunteers.
Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone right away. Learn more about Family Disaster Plans by contacting your local emergency management office or your local American Red Cross chapter.


Learn more by contacting your local emergency management office or American Red Cross chapter. Discussing disasters ahead of time will help reduce fear and anxiety and will help everyone know how to respond. If you are a renter, your landlorda€™s insurance does not protect your personal property; it only protects the building. For example, during an earthquake or a tornado, a hot water heater or a bookshelf could turn over or pictures hanging over a couch could fall and hurt someone.
Store these supplies in sturdy, clearly labeled, easy-to-carry containers, such as backpacks or duffel bags.
This list could help you prove the value of what you owned if your possessions are damaged or destroyed and can help you to claim deductions on taxes. While replacing batteries this often certainly will not hurt, available data show that batteries will last at least a year, so more frequent replacement is not necessary, and time does not change in Arizona, Hawaii, the eastern portion of Indiana, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, and Guam.
At home, post emergency telephone numbers by all phones and explain when to call each number. If youa€™re a member of a neighborhood organization, such as a homeownera€™s association or crime watch group, introduce disaster preparedness as a new activity. Keeping them inside and in one room will allow you to find them quickly if you need to leave. If you have not already cut away dead or diseased branches or limbs from trees and shrubs, leave them alone. Turn off the gas at the outside main valve if you can and call the gas company from a neighbora€™s home. When a watch or warning is issued for your area, the light would alert you to potential danger. Attorney Generala€™s office to investigate shooting death of Navajo woman Just Say No; Better Yet – HELL NO! If you change the location of the pets, remember to change the information on the emergency stickers. Local NWS forecast offices issue other watches (flash flood, winter weather, etc.) 12 to 36 hours in advance of a possible hazardous-weather or flooding event.
They will direct you to the safest route; some roads may be blocked or put you in further danger.
Your National Weather Service recommends purchasing a NOAA Weather Radio that has both a battery backup and a Specific Area Message Encoder (SAME) feature, which automatically alerts you when a watch or warning is issued for your county, giving you immediate information about a life-threatening situation. Be sure to include expensive items such as sofas, chairs, tables, beds, chests, wall units, and any other furniture too heavy to move. If the unit is low on pressure, damaged, or corroded, replace it or have it professionally serviced. Check with your local fire department to find out if they offer Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training. Kaine looks on during a press conference in Washington, DC, on September 01, 2009 following a meeting to discuss coordination of emergency preparedness for natural disaster, acts of terrorism and the H1N1 virus in advance of the fall flu season in the national capital region. Here are some websites you can refer to as resources for including pets in your emergency plan.
Attach a shut-off valve wrench or other special tool in a conspicuous place close to the gas and water shut-off valves. They will direct you to the safest route, away from roads that may be blocked or put you in further danger. If a child cana€™t read, make an emergency telephone number chart with pictures that may help the child identify the correct number to call. More than three times as many people have died in residential fires caused by using candles after a disaster than from the direct impact of the disaster itself. The NOAA Weather Radio signal is a line-of-sight signal, which does not bore through hills or mountains.
Kaine (L), Washington, DC, Mayor Adrian Fenty (2nd-R) and Maryland Governor Martin O?Malley (R) look on during a press conference in Washington, DC, on September 01, 2009 following a meeting to discuss coordination of emergency preparedness for natural disaster, acts of terrorism and the H1N1 virus in advance of the fall flu season in the national capital region. Kaine and US Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano looks on during a press conference in Washington, DC, on September 01, 2009 following a meeting to discuss coordination of emergency preparedness for natural disaster, acts of terrorism and the H1N1 virus in advance of the fall flu season in the national capital region. Kaine (2nd-L) speaks as US Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano (L), Washington, DC, Mayor Adrian Fenty (2nd-R) and Maryland Governor Martin O?Malley (R) look on during a press conference in Washington, DC, on September 01, 2009 following a meeting to discuss coordination of emergency preparedness for natural disaster, acts of terrorism and the H1N1 virus in advance of the fall flu season in the national capital region.
Kaine speaks during a press conference in Washington, DC, on September 01, 2009 following a meeting with US Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, Washington, DC, Mayor Adrian Fenty and Maryland Governor Martin O?Malley to discuss coordination of emergency preparedness for natural disaster, acts of terrorism and the H1N1 virus in advance of the fall flu season in the national capital region.
Kaine looks on during a press conference in Washington, DC, on September 01, 2009 following a meeting to discuss coordination of emergency preparedness for natural disaster, acts of terrorism and the H1N1 virus in advance of the Fall flu season in the national capital region.



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