Preparedness Tips

May 2018 Prepare in a Year 

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Do you have copies of important documents stored  and available to use if needed to recover from a disaster?

After a major disaster, you may need financial assistance and will want to document any property loss for insurance and income tax purposes. Having ready access to the documents necessary for completing application forms, as well as those which could be difficult to replace, will help reduce delay and frustration.

Use a scanner or a cell phone camera to take pictures of important documents. Then save them on an encrypted flash drive; or store them on a cloud server; or give them to a trusted friend who doesn't live in your local vicinity. Electronic files need three back-ups for safety.. Password protection is important because you don’t want private information to fall into someone’s hands by accident.

Storing paper copies of documents requires fireproof boxes, bank safety deposit boxes, and/or giving them to a trusted friend who doesn't live in your local vicinity.Keeping a copy hidden in a freezer is also an option.

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MAY is Volcano
Preparedness Month

Join us on FACEBOOK for information on how to be VolcanoREADY

  • On Wednesday, May 9 at 10:30 a.m. (PDT), United States Geological Survey Cascades Volcano Observatory USGS-CVO Scientist-in-Charge Seth Moran will deliver a State-of-the-Cascades report to begin a USGS Volcanoes Facebook Live event;
  • On May 15, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (PDT), Washington Emergency Management Division will sponsor a Reddit Ask-me-Anything, with a focus on Cascade volcanoes. A team of experts in volcanology, geology and preparedness will be on hand to answer any questions about our volcanoes that the internet community may ask them.
Other sources of information can be located at
Living with a volcano in your backyard, join USGS  May 17th in Sumner for a presentation on volcanic hazards and monitoring.
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Wade Through Disaster Insurance

Pierce County is in the cross-hairs for an exceptionally wide range of natural disasters – wind storms, flooding, mudslides, earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes and fires. Homeowners and renters will need to carefully consider  how they will survive a disaster when it happens and how they will carry on in the days, weeks, months, and years after the event.

May 7 – 12:30 p.m. Pierce County Annex, 2401 S. 35th St., Tacoma

May 8– 12:10 p.m. County-City Building, 930 Tacoma Ave. S., 7th Floor Rainier Room, Tacoma

May 8 – 6:30 p.m. Gig Harbor Branch Library, 4424 Point Fosdick Drive NW, Gig Harbor

May 14 – 6:30 p.m. Sumner Branch Library, 1116 Fryar Ave. in Sumner

May 16 – 6:30 p.m. Lakewood Senior Activity Center, 9112 Lakewood Drive SW, Lakewood

May 19 – 10:30 a.m. Parkland/Spanaway Branch Library, 13718 Pacific Ave. S., Tacoma

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.  

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 -       Gig Harbor 
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

Neighborhood Preparedness

Pierce County Neighborhood
Emergency Teams
Map Your Neighborhood

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.

A preparedness presentation can be provided to your neighborhood and explain 
Pierce County Neighborhood Emergency Teams (PC-NET)  and State sponsored Map Your Neighborhood.  Your neighborhood determines what program to use, materials to start either program are provided.

Pierce County Neighborhood Emergency Teams is a facilitated process that takes place over a year and provides neighbors with information and tools necessary to work together for an effective response as a team, following emergencies and disasters.

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Map Your Neighborhood is an abbreviated version of the Neighborhood Emergency Teams, with a focus on mapping the neighborhood and identifying what  neighbors are willing to do in an event of an emergency. Less time is required for this program

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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.

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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

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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