Preparedness Tips

July 2017

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Will We Have a Warm Summer?

The National Weather Service July/August/September Outlook: 


Historically temperatures usually increase after the 4th of July, be ready!

Include in your planning how to help others, your family or neighbors, consider the elderly, very young, or those with health issues.  If you neighborhood has a Pierce County Neighborhood Emergency Team (PC-NET), members can work together to initiate a heat safety check:

  • Visit older adults at least twice a day—and bring along a pitcher of ice water or lemonade. 
  • Offer to help adjust fans, blinds and curtains or adjust settings on an air conditioner or furnace fan.
  • Remind folks to wear light, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Is there any place in the neighborhood where folks can go to get cool? Or head for the local libraries, movie theaters, and malls to cool off.
  • Offer to take neighbors who may not have transportation to cooling locations.
Heat Facts
  • Some medicines can affect a persons ability to deal with heat, check with your pharmacy.
  • Never leave children, pets or elderly, who may be unable to adjust to heat in parked cars even with the windows open, even for a few minutes. 
  • On a 78 degree day,  temperatures in the vehicle can be 90 degrees in the shade—and 160 degrees in the sun!
  • The Center for Disease Control states air conditioning is the strongest protective factor against heat-related illness. Exposure to air conditioning for even a few hours a day can reduce their risk of becoming ill.
  • Heat can impact a person’s ability to think clearly, take time to observe behavior.
  • Did you know that even in our northwest climate, pets can get sun burns, paw burns, and heat stroke in minutes?  Always have cool water available, walk your pet on grass or dirt when possible, and provide shade when outside. Share this information:  Please Leave Your Pet At Home
Cartoon image, trees on fire and sending embers to houses, catching roofs on fire.


The fire season has begun. Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) wildfires are of special concern. These are areas in which there is a large density of homes (lives and property) surrounded by or intermixed with heavily forested lands (fuel), increasing the challenges to fighting the fire.
Preparedness is key to people’s ability to survive a fire in their community. Make sure your emergency kit and plan is up-to-date.
This includes gathering important family contact numbers as well as insurance and banking information.

Keep your automobile fuel tank at least half full at all times.
Take steps to help protect your property. Some tips offered by the national Firewise Communities Program® include:

  • Create a defensible space around your home, keeping your roof, gutters, eaves, porches and decks free of debris.

  • Remove dead vegetation from under your deck and within ten feet of the house.

  • Prune trees on your property so the lowest branches are six to ten feet from the ground.

  • Keep lawns hydrated or if brown, mow it down.
  • If fires are threatening your community: Monitor the news for changing conditions.
  • Back as many vehicles as possible into your garage, then close the garage door.

If you don’t have a garage, park your car in the direction you need to go if evacuating. This makes for a quicker escape when minutes count.

  • Heed evacuation orders and move quickly.

  • Remember to BRING YOUR PETS!

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For a guide on evacuation levels for Pierce County select HERE

National Night Out logo for 2017


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 may be supporting NNO in your community. Check with your local law enforcement to get involved. 

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Citizen Corp

Citizen Corps Council of Pierce County - Meeting

Are you interested in volunteering?    
More information at CCC-PC.

Meetings are held first Thursday every even-numbered month.  
Location Pierce County EOC 2501 South 35th St, Tacoma
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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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