Preparedness Tips

December 2018 Prepare in a Year 

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With the holidays fast approaching, 

Pierce County residents might want to consider giving gifts that will help protect their family members and friends during a future emergency. Supplies for an emergency preparedness kit can make unique — and potentially life-saving — holiday gifts.
Excellent emergency preparedness gifts include:

  • Favorite foods that keep: meal bars, tuna packs, snacks, or MRE’s
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert.
  • A quality headlamp and extra batteries.
  • Solar-powered cell phone charger.
  • Smoke detector and/or carbon monoxide detectors.
  • First aid kit – and registration for class.
  • Fire extinguisher and fire escape ladder.
  • Enrollment in a CPR or first aid class.
  • Books, coloring books, crayons and board games for the kids, in case the power goes out.
  • Personal hygiene comfort kit for a car or grab and go kit: including shampoo, body wash, wash cloth, hairbrush, comb, toothbrush, and toothpaste.
  • A waterproof pouch or backpack containing any of the above items, or with such things as a rain poncho, moist towelettes, work gloves, batteries, duct tape, whistle, food bars, etc.

Holiday shoppers might also consider giving a winter car kit, equipped with a shovel, ice scraper, emergency flares, fluorescent distress flags and jumper cables. For animal lovers, a pet disaster kit with emergency food, bottled water, toys and a leash is also a good gift.
 -Courtesy of FEMA

There are many creative products on the market for preparedness.- have fun and  Merry Preparedness Gifting this holiday season.

Prepare in a Year - Identifying potential home hazards 

All of Washington State has the potential of being impacted by a major earthquake. Earthquakes strike suddenly and without warning. When they occur, they cause the ground to undulate and shake, perhaps violently. Buildings – and their contents – are vulnerable to this rocking and rolling. Fortunately, experts teach how to secure homes to their foundations, and contents to wall studs. The recent 7.0 quake in Alaska has provided some close to home visuals of what could happen in our area. 

Take 30 minutes to walk through your home. Imagine the ground movement of a significant earthquake. Identify potential hazards by completing this worksheet. Select link on image for an easy to use worksheet...Prepare in a Year. 

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winterwise - get ready for winter weather

Pierce County is gearing up for winter weather, and you should do the same. The Pierce County Department of Emergency Management encourages you to take time now to create emergency kits for your home, car and workplace. You should also create a family plan to identify an out-of-state emergency contact, where you will meet if your family is separated, etc. Pierce County Planning and Public Works plays an important role in responding to winter weather. The department responds to roadway flooding, river flooding, windstorms and snow and ice events. It also manages storm cleanup. BE ‘WINTERWISE’ At, you can learn about response efforts during winter weather, how to stay informed and how to prepare now for inclement weather or an emergency

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! 

Gifting a Pet???

Remember to include pets in your emergency planning. Whether you are thinking of gifts for your furry friends or a gift for the pet lovers in your life, put together a gift of the following pet emergency kit items:

- Extra food and water for your pet, including an extra water and food bowl.

- Sturdy leash, harness, and carrier to transport pet safely. A carrier should be large enough for the animal to stand comfortably, turn around, and lie down. Your pet may have to stay in the carrier for several hours.

-Pet toy and a pet bed that can easily be stored and taken if you are forced to evacuate. (Remember to always check with your local emergency shelters before a disaster to find out which shelters take in pets).

-All of these emergency packages are great gifts to help friends, family, or yourself start an emergency kit. 

- Courtesy of CDC

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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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"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.  Experience has shown us that children who have practiced safety actions do not typically react out of fear from such lessons, but are able to perform the skills when needed. Being prepared gives power and security.

Watch the video!
Video by Dominick Del Vecchio - Jul 18, 2018

Preparedness Academy - 2019

The following courses are classroom based or self study. Currently developing schedule and courses for 2019

Disaster First Aid- Scheduling for next year in process

Psychological First Aid/ Emotional Support - Scheduling for next year in  process

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

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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. 

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

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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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