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Preparedness Tips Summer 2019 - July, August, September

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Earthquake Preparedness Video 

Grab your popcorn, friends and family! Learn how to keep those you care about safe and protect your property! 

What would you do if you received a warning about a coming earthquake? The above video is one of the many awesome videos available from Washington Emergency management..  

Many videos are available in other languages as well.

Are you smoke ready? People holding tools to handle smoke if they are affected. N95 masks, Air conditioner, filters for box fans, water

Are you #SmokeReady? 

 Here are 10 tips to help you prepare:

• Plan ahead with your doctor: If you or a family member has asthma, or suffers from heart or lung disease, have a plan to manage your condition. Children, pregnant women, and people over age 65 are especially at-risk during smoke events. Learn more.

• Get HEPA filters, recirculate your AC, and share space: Use a HEPA filter in your home’s central air system or your air conditioner unit or air purifier. Learn how to turn your AC to “recirculate” in both your home and your car. Also, check with your neighbors. If you or your neighbor doesn’t have good air filtration or air conditioning at home, arrange to share spaces with those who do.

• Have a Plan B for outdoor events: Have a contingency plan prepared in case you need to cancel, reschedule, or move an outdoor event indoors. (Make sure the indoor venue has good air filtration!) If you have children in summer camps or childcare, ask the organizers about their smoke plan. Check with your county health department about cancellation guidelines.

• Buy a respirator mask: If you’ll be outdoors long enough to need a mask, check into an N95 or N100 respirator now. Plan ahead to ensure the mask is properly fitted. Masks do not work for everyone though, test the fit and comfort before you need it. Learn more.

• Stock up: Have several days of water, groceries, and family needs on hand so you don’t have to go out when it’s smoky.

• Don’t forget your pets: If the air quality is forecasted to be poor while you’re away from home, plan ahead to keep your pets inside or with a caregiver. Learn more.

• Learn the air quality index numbers and colors: During periods of poor air quality, watch for air quality alerts, pay attention to numbers and colors of air quality monitors, and know when to limit your time outdoors.

• Get alerts: Sign up to receive air quality email alerts for your zip code. Also, bookmark or subscribe to this blog for statewide air quality and wildfire updates.

• Become an expert!: Learn more about being Smoke Ready at EPA’s Smoke-Ready Toolbox for Wildfires and Washington Department of Health’s Smoke From Wildfires Toolkit.

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National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.

Check with your local city, town, law enforcement,or fire department to see if they are hosting a program or visiting neighborhoods on Tuesday August 6th. 

Disaster pictures, bad weather, volcano, wildfire, flooding and earthquake. Text Hazard Mitigation

What is Mitigation?

Mitigation is the act of reducing the risk and impacts that come from disasters, both natural and manmade.  One way to mitigate risk in the emergency management field is through all hazards planning.  This process includes identifying potential hazards, determining the capabilities of the jurisdiction or organization, analyzing possible impacts from the identified hazards, and then developing ideas and projects that will help reduce the risks that were found through this planning process.  These projects could be seismically retrofitting buildings to make them more stable in an earthquake, buying a backup generator for a facility that the community relies on, or moving above-ground power lines underground to help protect them from various hazards.
Hazard Mitigation Planning
Currently, Pierce County Emergency Management and close to 80 of our partners within the County are updating their Hazard Mitigation Plans to better develop projects, like the ones mentioned above, to help reduce risk in our communities.

How You Can Get Involved
One of the requirements set by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the update of these Hazard Mitigation Plans is doing public outreach to gain feedback and ideas about what the community would like to see done to mitigate risk.  Many of our partners have been reaching out to their communities through attending local fairs, farmers markets, and other community events where they can gain valuable feedback in a face-to-face manner.  One County-wide event coming up is National Night Out on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 where many of our partners plan to be set up with their mitigation plans for community members to come look at.  If you would like to provide input on the plan update, contact your local fire department, school district, city/town, or utility to find out if they are a part of the Hazard Mitigation Plan update process and what their method is for gathering community feedback.
To find more information about this plan update process, please go to:

Drop cover hold on during an earthquake, if you use a cane, use it to support yourself as you lower down. In a walker, or wheelchair, lock it, stay seated and bend over covering neck with hands .

Yes, we live in earthquake country

The earth gave us reminders this July to check on our preparedness kits. Remember to plan for two weeks of food and water. Agree on methods to communicate with loved ones if separated after an earthquake that prevents timely travel and disrupts cell towers. 
Know where you could be in an earthquake and plan accordingly. If you have caregivers, talk to them about planning for your safety. 
Here are some resources:

- FEMA has a great earthquake preparedness booklet…

- Planning and kit basics are in our Pierce County Bucket List:

- Follow local earthquake activity, go to Pacific Northwest Seismic Network web-page. Geek OUT!

Preparedness Academy - 2019 - No fee courses

The following courses are classroom based or self study. 

Stop the Bleed NEW

Stop the Bleed is intended to cultivate grassroots efforts that encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives.Learn how to control bleeding, apply a tourniquet/dressing and provide lifesaving care.


  • Saturday August 3 at Pierce County Emergency Operation Center

    1.5 hour sessions: 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m.,and 1:30 p.m. 

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.
  • Saturday,September,28: Pierce County Emergency Operation Center, 2501 So. 35th St., Tacoma                                                                                                           
  • Saturday October 19: Chapel Hill Presbyterian, 7700 Skansie Avenue,Gig Harbor

Psychological First Aid/ Emotional Support - How people respond to a crisis. 

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 positive!

Registration - Registering helps us prepare materials and seating, no deadline for signing up.

  • Thursday,September 5: Pierce County Emergency Operation Center, 2501 South 35th St., Tacoma.  Included is a tour of our Emergency Operation Center.

Preparedness Presentation
Are you in a community, group, club, Parent Teacher Association, or sports team that could use a presentation about what they can do to care for their members or loved ones in the event of a disaster?  Schedule a one-hour talk provided by Pierce County Emergency Management. Contact Us

Neighborhood Preparedness -

Request a preparedness talk for your neighborhood, programs Pierce County Neighborhood Emergency Teams (PC-NET)  and  Map Your Neighborhood will be explained. Your neighborhood determines which program is best for them, materials to start either program are provided.

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.
           Preparedness Videos -
 Washington State Emergency Management has created multilingual       preparedness videos to assist residents in being ready for all   hazards. 
Map Your Neighborhood:Videos to watch with neighborhood, don't be alone in a disaster. Materials available through Pierce County Emergency Management Outreach.
IS-10.A:  Animals in Disasters: Awareness and Preparedness

          Information Security Texas A&M, TEEX Extensions Service -
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

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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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