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National Preparedness Month - September

Hope everyone enjoyed their summer! National Preparedness Month is here so please check out the toolkit at  Your club, organization, neighborhood team  can go to that link for graphics, content, and more to promote Preparedness Month.  Your organization can order free cost publications for events by visiting:
This NPM will focus on planning, with an overarching theme: Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.   
2018 Weekly Themes

  • Week 1: Sept 1-8                        Make and Practice Your Plan
  • Week 2: Sept 9-15*                     Learn Life Saving Skills
  • Week 3: Sept 16-22                    Check Your Insurance Coverage
  • Week 4: Sept 23-29                    Save For an Emergency

Tools and resources to promote National Preparedness Month:
·       Shareable graphics
·       NPM Spanish Toolkit
·       Content to promote on a blog, newsletter, etc.
·       Congressional Co-chair quotes 
Also please take time to check out new and improved content on!    

 "If we can't reach you...we can't alert you

Pierce County ALERT

The County has the capability to send you emails, text messages and voice messages to your cell phone, but we can’t do so until you register your cell phone number and email in our PC ALERT system.  If you have a landline, we can access that phone, but not your email unless you register that address. Some less urgent alerts go out via email, so please register!
Please take the time to register today!  Let others know of this service.
Have out of state family members register using your Pierce County address. They will get any ALERTS that are impacting your household or community. This can be one method of letting loved ones know of your status

TEXT PC ALERT to 888-777 for quick sign up! 


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 with an explanation of Pierce County Neighborhood Emergency Teams (PC NET) and Map Your Neighborhood program..  Your neighborhood determines what program to use, materials to start either program are provided.

Pierce County Neighborhood Emergency Team 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 Team (PCNET), with a focus on mapping the neighborhood and identifying how  neighbors are willing help each in the event of an emergency. Less time is required for this program and is facilitated by neighbors.

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You Are the HELP until HELP Arrives

Life-threatening emergencies can happen fast and emergency responders aren’t always nearby. 
You may be able to save a life by taking simple actions immediately. 
You Are the Help Until Help Arrives.
Click on the links below to learn how you can help:

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Preparedness  Videos

Washington State Emergency Management has many videos for residents to view. The videos range from using fire extinguishers, retrofitting homes and building emergency kits. Check it out, share with friends, neighbors and family.

These videos are also available in languages other than English. During a disaster we want all residents to be safe, so get prepared in a manner that works for you. 

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Shift Happens

Glen Farley with KING 5 News  will be presenting on Tuesday, October 16, at the Clover Park Technical College- 4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW Rotunda, Building 3 at Clover Park Technical College in Lakewood WA.6 PM til 8 PM

The featured presentation by Glenn Farley is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.  Both before and after his presentation, attendees will be able to connect with community resource providers including home insurance providers, the American Red Cross, the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network,  Pierce County Building inspectors, Simpson Tie and Rebuilding Together; Puget Sound Energy,  Emergency Management- Preparedness and Aging & Disability Resources.
Glenn will discuss some of his most revealing stories and elaborate on how our region has prepared, He will share some of the reports he has created for KING 5, videos about preparedness, earthquake hazards, earthquake alerts and asking: Are we READY?

Tuesday October 16th 6 PM til 8 PM. Resource tables will be available regarding retrofitting homes, how to prepare water, how to prepare if vulnerable, medical issues and disaster, Bill Steele from Pacific Northwest Seismic Network and the Earthquake Early Warning system; what to have in a preparedness kit, how to make a plan, and more! Door Prizes are items for your kits!

We will be providing a text version of the presentation at the venue if you are hearing impaired. If you have other accommodation needs (3 weeks before) contact Serina at 253-798-2203

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.  

September 22, Saturday - Pierce County EOC, Tacoma                

October 20, Saturday -   Chapel Hill Presbyterian, Gig Harbor

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

Sept 25, Tuesday - Chapel Hill Presbyterian, Gig Harbor

Oct 17, Wednesday -   Orting Valley Fire and Rescue Headquarters, Orting 
Register at 

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, Parent Teacher Association,sports team, that could use a reminder about what they can do to care for their organization and loved ones in the event of a disaster.  Schedule a one hour talk provided by 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 also. 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-248: Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) for the American Public

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

Are you VolcanoREADY? What does that mean?
Carolyn Driedger with the United States Geological Survey is available to speak in our county. Her presentation will focus on the particular hazards for the given community she is asked to present to. Of course preparedness strategies will be discussed.  If your organization,community, jurisdiction,  members or leadership are  interested in a presentation we are looking to book dates through May of 2019. contact Peggy at 253-798-2209 to discuss a possible speaking opportunity. Some restrictions may apply. 
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CPR Sunday October 14

CPR Sunday is free-of-charge to anyone interested in learning the basic life-saving skills of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Students are taught CPR and practice with CPR mannequins and Automatic External Defibrillators (AED). Upon successful completion of the course, students receive a Tacoma Fire Department CPR certification card. Over 12,000 participants have attended this life saving class. For more info and registration, go to 
Location: Henry Foss High School  2112 S. Tyler St. , Tacoma, WA 98405

Puyallup River flooding near Hwy 410 between Sumner and Puyallup

Flood Preparedness

Before, During and After a Flood
Tips for your family to prepare for flooding. 

Before a Flood 

Know if you are in a flood prone area and what you can do to prepare:
  • Call (253) 798-2725 or request a free map showing the flood risk on your property. Please include your parcel number in the request.
  • You can also call the phone number above to learn how you can build safely or improve your home in preparation for the next flood.
  • Buy flood insurance. Visit or contact your agent.
  • Have an emergency plan for home, work and school.
  • Know several safe routes to high ground from your home, school or business.
  • Establish meeting places in case family members are separated.
  • Designate an out-of-state emergency contact to call if local phone lines are down.
  • Assemble an emergency kit.
  • Coastal residents need to secure loose items so waves and storm surges do not pick up the items, potentially injuring someone or damaging property.
  • For more information, go to

What is Urban Flooding?

This type of flooding happens because either storm-water systems are overwhelmed during heavy rains or a community is in a geographic low spot. 
Did You Know?

Community members can solve some urban flooding by keeping the storm drains in their neighborhoods clear of debris. If they feel safe, a property owner can clear the leaves and debris around their storm drains and be a hero to their neighbors.

Go to  for great information. 
Car driving through flooded streets, big splash!
Residents of HI carrying dogs in flooding neeghborhood

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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FEMA Regional Administrator, James K. Joseph, discusses the "Prepare with Pedro Disaster Preparedness Activity Book", a joint project of the American Red Cross and FEMA. This activity book is designed for adults & children to work on together. Children can learn about fire, earthquakes, floods, tornadoes & other disasters, as well as how to protect themselves — all while having fun coloring. The activity book can also help build a culture of preparedness by empowering youth and their families to be better prepared for disasters.  

Watch the video!
Video by Dominick Del Vecchio - Jul 18, 2018
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Pierce County Emergency Planning institute

Pierce County Emergency Management and Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, in collaboration with the Northwest Healthcare Response Network, will discuss emergency preparedness requirements by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.  
 Healthcare Administrators
 Directors of Nursing Services
 Physician’s Offices
 Healthcare and Social Service Agencies

Continuity of Operations (COOP) Planning
Writing and building robust emergency and communication plans
Incident Command Structure
State Fire Marshal’s Survey Process
CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule

Date & Time:
October 9 & 10, 2018
8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
This is a FREE 2-day event!  Registration is required at:
For ADA accommodations, please send requests to no later than September 25.  

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The Functional and Access Service Team concept is designed to support people with access and functional needs so they can remain in a general population shelter that is opened during times of disaster. The training for this course is designed to prepare individuals to respond and deploy to shelters in times of disaster. FAST members will work with shelter staff, as well as other emergency responders, to help people with access and functional needs maintain their health, safety, and independence during disasters.
October 31 & November 1, 2018
8 AM – 4:30 PM
Online registration is available at
American Sign Language interpreters will be available.
Other reasonable accommodations will be provided upon request.
Send questions, concerns, and requests to

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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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