Preparedness Tips

April 2018 Prepare in a Year 

Bucket List, what do you need for a grab and go kit, before it is needed???

Grab-n-Go kit, Bug Out Bag,
Go Kit, Survival Kit

How many names are there for the same idea? Do you have a way to carry supplies? Is a grab and go another name for the 10 essentials?  Can you list the ten essentials?

1. Insulation- Clothing, blanket, shoes, hat
2. Navigation - Map of local area
3. Communication - Cell, chargers,cords, phone numbers,out of area contact 
    Include a radio with back up batteries or wind up charger
4. Food - non perishable food, that you like to eat
5. Hydration - water or a way to filter or boil water
6. Shelter - plastic tarp, line, and stakes, or a small tent
7. First Aid supplies, include a bleed kit
8 .Illumination - Headlamp, flashlight, solar light, back up batteries
9. Fire/matches/fire starter
10. Sun protection....well maybe only needed in some locations

More information on a Grab and Go kit go to: 

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Sources of Financial Help After A Disaster - FEMA

Sources of Financial Help After a Disaster provides an overview of resources available to disaster survivors, including voluntary agencies, insurance, FEMA assistance, and/or a disaster loan from the Small Business Administration.

Preparedness Academy - 2018 

Follow above link to read more details of these courses and  how to register

Disaster First Aid
If your neighborhood team wants to host a Disaster First Aid class or  register for a scheduled class please contact our office.  

April 21 -        Pierce County Emergency Management EOC, Tacoma                       
August 11-      Location TBD - PC NET team can host this class
October 20 -   Chapel Hill Presbyterian, Gig Harbor

Psychological First Aid 6 - 8:30 PM 
taught by Washington Chaplain Corps

May 22 -       Graham Fire and Rescue 
Sept 25 -       Location in Gig Harbor TBD
Oct 17 -        Orting Valley Fire and Rescue Headquarters, Orting

How to Communicate with Neighborhood Emergency Teams Using FRS - Family Radio Service/Walkie-talkie's During Disasters

Learn how to use walkie-talkie in your neighborhood during a disaster. Common language, stations to use, maintaining the radio are some of the topics covered. Course is available upon request. Contact us to arrange this course: 

Preparedness Talk

Have a group, club, PTA, team, that could use a reminder about what they can do to care for their loved ones in the event of a disaster.  Schedule a one hour talk through Pierce County Emergency Management. Contact Us

Self Study Courses from FEMA

The Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) offers on-line courses through their Emergency Management Institute. The courses are self-paced and designed for people who have emergency management responsibilities and the general public. All are offered free-of-charge to those who qualify for enrollment. Here is a list of courses that may be of interest:
IS-10.A:  Animals in Disasters: Awareness and Preparedness

IS-366.a Planning for the Needs of Children in Disasters

IS-394.a Protecting Your Home or Small Business From Disaster

IS-907   Active Shooter: What You Can Do
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Volcanic Ash - Can I Breathe It?
Join Dave Damby, with USGS 
Thursday April 26, Puyallup WA.
6 - 8 PM.

Dave Damby,a geologist and volcanic ash health specialist from United States Geological Survey, he will be speaking about the health impacts of volcanic ash. What is the ash  risk from Mount Rainier or Mount Saint Helen's to our area? Come to learn about the science, the health risk of ash and what you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones. 

Sponsored by Tacoma/Pierce County Health Department, Pierce County Emergency Management and City of Puyallup Emergency Management.

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Pet Preparedness Care and Pet First Aid

Links listed below have information to help you be prepared to care for your pet before a disaster so to be able to care for your pet during a disaster, including Pet First Aid.
Humane Society
ASPCA – American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Center for Disease Control
AVMA  - American Veterinary Medical Association
Red Cross 
WASART – Washington State Animal Response Team
Washington State Emergency Management

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Pierce County ALERT

The county cannot send an emergency message
to your cell phone via text or voice if you have not registered your cell phone. 
Please take the time to register today!  Let others know of this service.Have family members out of state register as well, have them use your address, they will get any ALERTS that are impacting your household or community.

Citizen Corp

Citizen Corps Council of Pierce County 

If you are interested in learning more about Citizen Corps of Pierce County contact David Alger, current Chair of Citizen Corps

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Like Us On Facebook

Pierce County Department of Emergency Management regularly posts education information on our Facebook. Please like us, share the information with your friends and networks. 

Pierce County Neighborhood Emergency Teams

We are in the process of developing PC NET trainers around the county. Watch for ads for volunteers in your community.
Information on 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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