Preparedness Tips

Winter 2019 - 2020  Prepare in a  Year

Image of turkey, Burn the turkey? Claim it as your intentional plan to practice your home escape routes.
Promoting Earthquake talk on Nov. 14, 2019 , 6:30 PM in Fircrest, with Brian Terbush, WA State Earthquake Coordinator, select to register
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Gift of Preparedness

The holidays are a time of gifting to friends and family. Consider gifts to keep those you care about safe! TWO WEEKS ready and safe!

Gifts to consider are: containers of water, easy to prepare food, car preparedness kits, commuter kits, headlamps, NOAA all hazard radios or offer to take a HAM radio class with a family member. Look at items we recommend for a Grab and Go or home base kit and consider some of the items as gifts. 
Happy Holidays.

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. 

Pierce County Public Works promotes winter wise
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National Household Survey Results on Individual and Community Preparedness

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released the results from the 2018 National Household Survey (NHS). Every year, FEMA surveys the American public to assess how the culture of personal disaster preparedness and resilience has changed over time. The NHS also measures individuals’ attitudes and behaviors regarding preparedness and assesses what influences them to begin preparing for a future hazard.
Estimates from the 2018 NHS suggest that an increasing percentage of the American public are actively preparing for disasters.

  • 57% percent have taken three or more basic actions to prepare. That’s eleven percentage points higher than last year’s estimate.
  • 94% percent have taken at least one action to prepare.
  • 67% percent of adults have set aside some money for an emergency, although most have set aside less than $500.
  • When focusing on areas at higher risk of certain disasters, residents in areas at risk for hurricanes are most likely to have taken preparedness actions.

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Webinar December 4 

  • Join FEMA for a two-part webinar series to learn about the findings from the 2018 National Household Survey (NHS).
  • Part I (Wednesday, December 4 at 3:00 PM EST) will discuss the survey and provide a brief summary of findings, including demographics.
  • Part II (Wednesday, December 11 at 3:00 PM EST) will focus on hazard-specific findings.

Learn more and register for Part I here and for Part II here.

Christmas lights pictured at Spanaway Park - Text Fantasy Lights

Emergency Management Sponsors Friday Evenings

Emergency Management has been supporting Fantasy Lights for more than 8 years. On Fridays, visitors receive a brochure encouraging them to register for PC ALERT and an ice scraper.
If you have been trying to get your family and friend to prepare, this is a fun way to encourage them to take action.  Check out the Fantasy Light video by selecting the photo above. 

Preparedness Academy - 2020

Follow above link to register for courses.

Disaster First Aid -  Registration required

Contact our office If your neighborhood team wants to host a Disaster First Aid class  .  

February 22, Saturday   
Location: Summit Area Community
April 18, Saturday   
Location: Pierce County Emergency Management,Tacoma 
More classes to be scheduled, check Prep Academy web-page.

Stop the Bleed - Registration required

Two sessions offered each day, 8 AM and 10 AM.  ADA accommodations can be provided at the 10 AM session if requested in registration. 

February 8, Saturday Location: Fox Island 

Location: Pierce  County EOC, 2501 South 35th St., Tacoma
March 14, Saturday  
May 16, Saturday
August 15, Saturday
November 14, Saturday 

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 230 d  Fundamentals of Emergency Management 

IS-325     Earthquake Basics and Mitigation

IS-366.a  Planning for the Needs of Children in Disasters

IS-394.a  Protecting Your Home or Small Business From Disaster

Prepare in a Year 2020

Do not let preparing for what might happen overwhelm you. Be it lack of time or budget,
doing something each month can help you
take care of your home and loved ones.

- Prepare in a Year
- Prepare on a Dime
- Prepare for cognitive and functional needs

Prepare in a Year
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Amateur Radio Emergency Services

The Pierce County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) provides volunteer emergency communications for served agencies, such as local departments of emergency management, and the broader community. ARES is a group of volunteers
ho train and qualify to provide emergency communications support when disaster strikes. ARES assists local agencies during times of bad weather, such as windstorms and flooding, earthquakes, and any other incident that disrupts ordinary day to day communication.

ARES motto is, "When all else fails."

Contact: Stan Nelson
Area contacts

Central Team Emergency Coordinator Garrett Pessemier

East Team Emergency Coordinator Lyle Melton

Peninsula Team Emergency Coordinator Mark Yordy

Roy Area Team  Emergency Coordinator Larry Watson

South Team Emergency Coordinator Lorraine Nelson

Warm your Heart this Winter - 
Prepare Because You Care

Valentines day reminds us of romantic love, having life partners, spouses, those we care about and just plain warmth. 

This Valentines, consider doing preparedness activities with those whom you care about. Gather and make a family plan, play preparedness games, eat chocolate and talk about preparing, yes...because you care. 

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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.  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, 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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Peggy LovellFord Retiring in January

I want to express my gratitude to all those who have reached out to our office and I had been able to provide you with preparedness guidance. I wanted work that was more than a paycheck, and Pierce County Emergency Management has met that hope.

My joy will be hearing of how well residents in Pierce County do after a serious disaster. 

Maybe I will see you in the mountains. Take care and stay prepared! 

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Peggy LovellFord (Until Jan 6,2020)
Roxanne Castelman-Reffalt

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