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October 2017-  State Preparedness Month

Prepare In A Year: Home Hazard Hunt

home hazard hunt can be an excellent activity on a rainy day.  The hunt focuses primarily on impacts from earthquakes, like pictures falling off walls leaving broken glass to step on or to hit a person when falling. Take the time this October and do the hazard hunt. The Great ShakeOUT is also in October, remember to drop Cover hold on October 19th at 10:19 AM. See below for more ShakeOUT information.

Earthquakes pose one of the greatest natural hazards in the Pacific Northwest, with potential for significant causalities and damage to building and infrastructure.  According to a 2006 National Research Council (NRC) report, 42 States have some degree of earthquake risk and 18 of those State have areas of high or very high seismicity.  Over 75 million Americans live in urban areas with moderate to high earthquake risk. - 

Home Hazard Hunt

Are You Familiar With NOAA All Hazard Radio? 

NOAA Weather Radio (NWR) broadcasts National Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day. Known as the "voice of the National Weather Service," NWR is provided as a public service by the Department of Commerce's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. 


This site offers detailed information on Warning Alarm Policies, including alarm tests. Weather radios equipped with a special alarm tone feature can sound an alert and give you immediate information about a life-threatening situation. During an emergency, NWS forecasters will send out a special tone to activate weather radios in the listening area. The hearing- and visually impaired can get these warnings by connecting weather radios with alarm tones or other such as strobe lights, pagers, bed-shakers, personal computers and text printers.

What's the Weather? 

Thanks to NWR, you'll always have the answer as well as access to potentially life-saving emergency information whenever you need it. When you purchase a NWR receiver, you are purchasing part of the National Weather Service network. The network is constantly upgrading its technology to provide the best weather reporting service possible for the nation. For less than the cost of a new pair of shoes, you can own a weather radio that provides instant access to the same weather reports and emergency information that meteorologists and emergency personnel use information that can save your life!

"All Hazards" Capabilities

NWR now broadcasts warning and post-event information for all types of hazards both natural, such as earthquakes and volcanic activity, and technological, such as chemical releases or oil spills. Working with other Federal agencies and the Federal Communications Commission's Emergency Alert System, NWR is an "all hazards" radio network, making it your single source for the most comprehensive weather and emergency information available to the public.

Who Needs NWR?

Public safety experts agree: the receivers should be standard equipment in every home. They are especially valuable in places that are entrusted with public safety, such as hospitals, schools, places of worship, nursing homes, restaurants, grocery stores, recreation centers, office buildings, sports facilities, theaters, retail stores, bus and train stations, airports, marinas and other public-gathering places. 
Local radio frequency for Pierce County: 162.475 or 162.550

Where can you purchase such a radio?

Online shopping is always an option, but if you prefer to touch a product before purchasing, consider box stores or electronic stores. Be sure to purchase a radio with "All Hazard" and SAME technology.   


Are you prepared for Shift Happening?

Getting Real About Earthquakes

An evening presentation by Pacific Northwest Seismic Network Scientist- Bill Steele on Wednesday, October 11, 6:30 PM at Evergreen  State College Tacoma Campus 1210 6th Avenue.
Impacts expected to our community from subduction,deep and crustal fault earthquakes in Pierce County will be presented. Time for discussion and questions with scientist and emergency management.. Preparedness strategies will also be available. We will have materials available, especially for residents most vulnerable to earthquake impacts.
Man standing on the road looking at damage in the road from earthquake
Juan de Fuca Plate subducting under North American plate.

Land Shifts, Earthquakes Happen

An afternoon presentation at the South Hill Library, 15420 Meridian E, Puyallup, with Maximilian Dixon on Saturday, October 21 at 2 PM. Maximilian is the Washington State Earthquake Manager. He will be sharing expected impacts to our communities from a subduction earthquake- the Big One, as well as deep or crustal quakes. Pierce County Emergency Management will provide earthquake preparedness tips as well.

Preparedness Academy

Information and Registration HERE

A neighborhood or community can request a course, call for attendance requirements and dates available.  Peggy 253-798-2209

Psychological First Aid 

October 10, Tuesday 6:00 PM, Civic Center Council Chambers - Gig Harbor
November 7, Tuesday 6:00 PM Graham Fire Station 94 - Graham

Disaster First Aid

October 28, Saturday 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM, Chapel Hill Presbyterian - Gig Harbor
November 4, Saturday 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM, East Pierce Fire Station - Bonney Lake
November 18, Saturday 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM, Our Savior Lutheran- Tacoma/Puyallup

Radio Communications in Neighborhoods

October 26, Thursday 6:00 PM , Chapel Hill Presbyterian - Gig Harbor

Upcoming Events

Free CPR classes, pre registration is recommended, 253-594-7979

Fire Prevention Week October 8-14

In a fire, seconds count. Seconds can mean the difference between residents of our community escaping safely from a fire or having their lives end in tragedy.
That’s why this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme: “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” is so important. It reinforces why everyone needs to have an escape plan.

Great ShakeOUT

October 19 at 10:19 AM - Register your family and place of work to participate in the great shakeout.

Get Ready to Shake Out sign. Oct. 19, 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

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.

Pierce County Emergency Team logo  Houses, trees, community stores
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