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Prepare In A Year:
            Home Emergency Supplies 

Make time this month to start or update your home emergency kit!  For those of you receiving the Monthly Tips, several topics have been covered since January, you may have done much to put your kit together.

  • Water: one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
  • Food: non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home).
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible) 
  • Extra batteries- for flashlights or assistive technology
  • First aid kit
  • Medications (14-day supply) and medical items (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, etc)
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents 
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Extra cash- small denominations
  • Emergency blanket 
  • Map(s) of the area
Additional needs:
  • Supplies for family members; baby,elderly or those with functional needs.
  • Games and activities for children
  • Pet/service animal supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
  • Two-way radios, extra batteries
  • Extra set of car keys and house keys
  • Manual can opener
  • Way to cook during power outage
Go to  for more information. 
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Purchasing a radio for your home kit?

Public Alert Devices and All Hazards NOAA Weather Radio

Planning to purchase an All Hazards NOAA radio for your kit? The following information, although lengthy, gives good guidance on how to set up the radio to notify you about the weather and emergency alerts that will impact your community.

Prices can vary from $20 up, depending on the model. Many receivers have an alarm feature, but some may not. Among the more useful features in a receiver are:

•    Tone alarm: The National Weather Service (NWS)  will send a 1050 Hz tone alarm before broadcasting most warnings and many watch messages. The alarm will activate all the receivers equipped to receive it, even if the audio is turned off. This is especially useful for warnings during the night. (Public Alert ™ - is required for alerts to work if radio is off)

•    SAME technology: SAME, or Specific Alert Message Encoding allows you to specify the particular area for which you wish to receive alerts. Most warnings and watches broadcast over NOAA Weather Radio are county-based, although in a few areas of the country the alerts are issued for portions of counties. Since most NWR transmitters are broadcasting for a number of counties, SAME receivers will respond only to alerts issued for the area (or areas) you have selected. This minimizes the number of “false alarms” for events which might be a few counties away from where you live. (Public Alert ™ - required) 

•    Selectable alerting of events: While SAME allows you to specify a particular area of interest, some receivers allow you to turn off alarms for certain events which might not be important to you. For example, if you live in a coastal county, but not right at the beach, you might not care about Coastal Flood Warnings. This feature may also be called "Event Blocking" or "Defeat Siren". (Public Alert ™ - optional)

•    Battery backup: Since power outages often occur during storms, having a receiver with battery backup can be crucial. However, unless you have a portable unit which you will use away from other power sources, an AC power connection is recommended to preserve battery life. (Public Alert ™ - required for radios, optional for other devices)

•    External antenna jack: While most receivers come with a whip antenna you usually can extend to improve reception, depending on your location you also may need an external antenna. Some receivers come with an external antenna jack so you can connect to a larger antenna indoors or outdoors. You can often buy these antennas where you bought your receiver or from most stores with an electronics department. . You also can make your own antenna.

•    External device jack-special needs: Some radios have a jack to plug-in external notification devices, such as strobe lights or bed shakers, which can be useful for those with special needs. (Public Alert ™ - required for institutional receivers, optional for consumer receivers).

•    If you are having problems programming your NOAA All Hazard Radio contact the manufacturer. Many are listed on the NWS website:  

Source: National Weather Service NWR website

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Preparing Youth For Disasters

Disaster planning, response, and recovery efforts must take into account the unique needs of children, who make up roughly a quarter of the U.S. population. These efforts should engage the unique strengths children bring to emergency preparedness.

• Children can have a positive influence and can effectively bring the message of preparedness home to their families.

• Children can become leaders. Participating in youth preparedness programs empowers children to become leaders at home, in their schools and communities.

• Children can be confident during an emergency. Children who are prepared experience less anxiety and feel more confident during actual emergencies and disasters.
Source: FEMA

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Research shows that it is important to educate and empower young people to prepare for disasters. A 2010 study from Oregon State University showed that 14 percent of children and teens had experienced a disaster during their lifetime, and four percent had been in a disaster within the past year. Of those who had experience with disaster, a quarter reported experiencing more than one.
Video to share with children -

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National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.

Millions of neighbors take part in National Night Out across thousands of communities from all fifty states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide on the first Tuesday in August. Neighborhoods host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and various other community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel, exhibits and much, much more. Source

Pierce County Emergency Management staff support NNO in your community. Check with your local law enforcement to get involved. 

Tuesday, August 1, 2017


Find information and registration links for classes available in 2017. Below are May and June courses, more are listed HERE.

Disaster First Aid/Triage:  Learn skills and get hands-on experience about how to perform immediate triage and use disaster first aid following an event. A First Aid Certificate is awarded, no CPR unless indicated at registration.  Recommend taking CPR before this class. All classes are on Saturday. Use the registration link to see future classes as well.
This course for PC NET, Citizen Corps, PEP-C, and CERT Team members

        Buckley Fire Department, June 10, Saturday, 8:30 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

        Buckley Fire Department,  611 Division St, Buckley

To register:

Combination ICS 100, 200, 700:  Take the three basic ICS courses required for a Washington State Emergency Worker card.  You will be walked through the material and administered the test for the three certificates. Sign up soon!
This course for PC NET, Citizen Corps, PEP-C, and CERT Team members

        Pierce County DEM June 21, Wednesday, 8:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.

        Pierce County Emergency Operations Center, 2501 South 35th, Tacoma

To register:

Psychological First Aid:  People's reactions to crisis vary. Learn which reactions are beneficial and how some are actually harmful. Take away tools you can use to connect with affected people and provide immediate emotional support following an emergency. Use the registration link to see future classes as well.

        Washington Community Chaplain Corps, September 12, Tuesday, 6:30 -               8:30 P.M.

        University Place Library, 3609 Market Pl W, University Place

To register:

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Source: FEMA

City of Puyallup:

Animal Disaster Preparedness

Did you know June is Washington State Pet Preparedness Month? Know how to be prepared for your pets, as well as livestock.

Join experts from the Washington State Animal Response Team for a free presentation about animal disaster preparedness

  • How to prepare for your pets and livestock
  • What resources are available
  • What you can do right now
 Puyallup Library - 324 S Meridian Street

 Tuesday, June 13, 6-7:30 PM

Details on Pet Preparedness from WASART

What is PC-NET?

Pierce County Neighborhood Emergency Teams
) provides neighbors with information and tools necessary to work together for an effective response following emergencies and disasters. Professional responders will not be available to assist your neighborhood after a major disaster—you become the first responder. If individuals and their neighbors are prepared to mutually assist one another, lives can be saved and property can be spared.

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Email Outreach or call 253-798-6595
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