“… to improve your chances of surviving a disaster.”
The Where, What, When, Who, and How
Saturday (12/10/16) the Harbourview-Seahurst-Glenwood Neighborhood conducted an Earthquake Disaster Drill.
It went almost unnoticed because almost no one was interested: that’s the way it is with preventive measures. The professionals show up because they get paid to; almost no one else is interested.
But it was a success. The Auxiliary Communication System (ACS) was activated, as was the Citizen’s Emergency Response Team (CERT), and the Neighborhood Block Watch and Map Your Neighborhood (MYN) folks were involved to some extent. The whole event was administered by the City of Everett Everett, Office of Emergency Management (at the local Fire Station).
The event was almost cancelled do to bad weather, but doing the drill in less-than-perfect weather conditions reminded thoughtful observers and participants how inconvenient an earthquake might have been instead. Something to think about.
Anyway, I mention all of this because I want to share two things: First, some links to local resource authorities in case there is interest. And secondly, there is a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) brochure entitled Preparing Makes Sense. Get Ready Now, which has a checklist that is a simple, straightforward and easy starting spot for folks. They recommend that you (1) Get a kit, (2) Make a plan, (3) Be informed, and (4) Get involved.
Brochures entitled Preparedness Shopping List, Important Documents, and something about Pets were also made available. I ended up with them, and they are now here at the office in case you would like to pick one or more of them up on your visit.
I understand that life is busy, and prevention as a priority is a challenge – I deal with it every day in patients who suffer from pain and injury. It is a choice for most of us though. In the case of an earthquake it may be a matter of survival; in the case of preventing back pain it is mostly about suffering – somewhere not quite at the ‘survival’ level, but sometimes near it. Safety, security and survival – they are just spots along a continuum.
Here are some links:
Everett Office of Emergency Management (https://everettwa.gov/241/Office-of-Emergency-Management)
SCDEM (I don’t know what that means – too many acronyms) (http://www.snohomishcountywa.gov/180/Emergency-Management)
And here is the Basic Emergency Supplies Kit:
Water – one gallon per person per day for drinking and sanitation
Food – at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food (they are now suggesting closer to three weeks, after Catrina)
Battery -powered radio and extra batteries
Flashlight and extra batteries
First aid kit
Whistle to signal for help
Filter Mask or cotton t-shirt, to help filter the air
Moist towelettes for sanitation
Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
Manual can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
Garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
Unique family needs, such as daily prescription medications, infant formula or diapers, and important family documents