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January - March  

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Will making a resolution to take preparedness actions make any difference? 

Research regarding successful new years resolutions often report a high percentage of failure. The successful people who keep resolutions have made very specific actions. If you want to be "better prepared for disasters" in 2019, that statement alone is too broad.

Better to make statements such as:
"I will take a specific action (name it) in the month of January"  We suggest you start with your communication plan.  An action that is clear and measurable is more likely to be accomplished. 

The program WA state developed, Prepare in a Year is a good guide! 
Also check out Pierce County Bucket List for ideas on kits and plans.

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Wellington Court Neighborhood - Graham Community

Don't wait to meet your neighbors after the earthquake

Whether you just moved into your neighborhood a week ago or you’ve lived there for 25 years, getting to know your neighbors has always been an important part of a functioning society. It can also be helpful in a crisis, because after a disaster occurs, the people in closest proximity to you – and the people who will be able to help you most immediately – are your neighbors.

They may need your help as well. Research reported by FEMA says that people often are not as prepared for disasters as they think they are. Forty percent of survey respondents said they did not have household plans in the event of an emergency, and nearly 60 percent did not know their community’s evacuation routes. Almost 20 percent of responders said they had a functional disability that would affect their ability to respond during a disaster, but only 25 percent of those people have made arrangements to or alerted others to their disability in case of an event. In a different survey, 46 percent of people said they expect to rely on people in their neighborhood for assistance in the first 72 hours after a disaster.

There are several ways to find out what you can do to help. If you live in an area that is known for disaster events or has had them recently, it can be as simple as asking neighbors how they dealt with any previous incidents. Their feedback can teach you what precautions are the most effective for the situation.

You can also organize your neighbors with the help of Pierce County  Emergency Management neighborhood team programs , your local city emergency management and CERT programs in Tacoma, West Pierce Fire and South Pierce Fire agencies. Their input can help you figure out your neighborhood’s biggest needs and how to organzie.
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winterwise - be ready for winter weather

Pierce County is geared up for winter weather, and you should be too. 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

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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:

Preparedness  Academy - 2019 - No fee courses

The following courses are classroom based or self study. 

Disaster First Aid   

Pierce County EM Disaster First Aid trainers will provide  course for neighborhoods organizing to support each other during times of disaster. This course is for all Pierce County residents, who are working on organizing their neighborhoods through Map Your Neighborhood or PC NET. . 
- Check with your neighborhood facilitator,
- Call for information and registration 253-798-2209 
- OR email.
  • February 16, Saturday: Key Peninsula Fire Station 46 - 8911 Key Peninsula Hwy NW, Lakebay.
  • March 9, Saturday: East Pierce Fire and Rescue Disaster First Aid. This course is limited to residents living in East Pierce Fire and Rescue jurisdiction. 
  • May TBD, Saturday:  Our Savior Lutheran off Hwy 512.
  • August 3, Saturday: Pierce County Emergency Operations Center, 2501 S 35th St, Tacoma
  • October 19,Saturday: Gig Harbor TBD

Psychological First Aid/ Emotional Support 

People's reactions to crisis vary. Learn which reactions are harmful and how some are actually beneficial. Take away some important tools you can use to connect with affected people and provide immediate emotional support following an emergency. 

If interested in having this class in your community email  The course is taught by experienced crisis chaplains, it is a non-religious course. The reviews from the course are regularly positive!

February 25, Monday 6- 8:30 p.m., 555 Contra Costa Ave., Fircrest Sponsored by Fircrest Police Department.
Registration Link - Registering helps us prepare materials and seating, no deadline for signing up.

Preparedness Talk

Are you in a group, club, Parent Teacher Association, or 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 October of 2019 contact Peggy at 253-798-2209 to discuss a possible speaking opportunity. Some restrictions may apply. 

Federal government shutdown will impact this program.

Self Study Courses

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 also the general public.

IS-248:  Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) for the  American Public  

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Information Security for Everyone
This course is designed to teach the principles and practices that all computer users need to keep themselves safe, both at work and at home. By presenting best practices along with a small amount of theory, trainees are taught both what to do and why to do it. 
Registration;   Class online link

Pierce County ALERT

The County can send you emails, text messages and voice messages to your cell phone, but we need you to register your cell number and email in our PC ALERT system.  Some less urgent alerts only go out via email, so please register!

Out of state family members may register using your Pierce County address. They will get any ALERTS that impact your household or community. 

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

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Citizen Corps Council of Pierce County 

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

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