Association Emergency Preparedness
March 29, 2008 Slide Show
a Disaster Strikes
March 29, 2008 Slide
On March 29, 2008, Linda Botts, Coordinator of the Southeast Wisconsin
Corps, and Laurl Borst from the Red Cross presented a slide show
overview of emergency preparedness. Below are the main points covered
in the slide show:
Southeast Wisconsin Citizen Corps
Council & the American Red Cross: Preparing Makes Sense - Get Ready
Keeping yourself, your family, and your community safe. This is about
what YOU can do. In the case of a widespread disaster, there may not be
someone available to come and help.
What do you need to know?
- Hazards in our community
- How to mitigate and prepare
- What the county is doing to prepare
- Ways you can become involved
Hazards in Kenosha County...
Natural weather events:
- Winter storms/ice storms
- Extreme temperatures
- Straight line winds
- Power outage
- Public health issues
- Chemical spills
How will you be notified?
Depending on the emergency, you may be notified in different ways:
- Outdoor warning sirens
These are only for tornadoes and are meant to be heard only outdoors.
The second sounding of a siren is NOT an "all clear". Sirens can be
struck by lightning or suffer other damage that makes them inoperable.
- Local broadcast media
- NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio (162.450)
A NOAA radio is the best way to be notified. Storm watches can go on
for hours and then turn to warnings.
- Internet and Alerts
Your computer needs electricity. If the power is out for a long time,
you may not get the warning.
- CodeRED Emergency Notification System
Kenosha County may call you for a serious local event, e.g., a chemical
spill in your neighborhood.
How to prepare...
Know your response options:
- Trim trees, bushes
- Check gutters, drainpipe extensions
- Do positive landscaping
- Clean up debris in yard/neighborhood
In high winds, items in your yard become missiles.
- Move water heaters and other appliances up off the floor
- Bolt large, heavy furniture (like bookcases) to wall studs (to
prevent items falling on you)
- Clean and test your smoke detector(s) regularly
They have just a 10-year life span.
The only two options you have are to:
- Shelter in place
- Personal/family emergency plan
You have to formulate a plan and make sure everyone knows it. After an
emergency, review the plan and make improvements.
- Emergency contact information
It may make sense to pick a relative in another state as a central
contact because local phone lines or contacts may be unavailable.
- Personal/family emergency supplies
In the recent tornado, people who ran into their basements found
themselves without many essentials, e.g., coats and shoes. You probably
want to position some supplies (e.g., flashlights, food, clothing, pet
supplies) in the area where you plan to seek shelter. See other
sections on this page for ideas on what should go into home
preparations or a grab-and-go kit.
- Know the safety procedures at work and school, too
How the county
Office of Emergency Management (2
people in Kenosha)
MISSION: to lessen the loss of life and reduce injuries and property
damage during natural and technological incidents/events through
mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery.
- All emergency plans updated yearly
- Continuously train first responders
- Conducts training exercises
Southeast Wisconsin Citizen Corps
Council and American Red Cross:
- Includes fire, law enforcement, EMS, public health, public works,
- Continuously training to provide optimum service in a crisis
It's important to build a sense of community because 911 may not be
there for you in a large-scale event. YOU will have to fill local needs.
- Educates, informs, and trains citizens on preparedness
- Professionals and citizens working together to keep Kenosha safe
- Source for citizens who want further training or volunteer
Citizen Corps: 5
How you can become involved:
- Neighborhood Watch
- Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT)
- Medical Reserve Corps
- Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS)
- Fire Corps
- Start or join a Neighborhood Watch group
- Take a CERT class
- Volunteer in the community
- Get additional training through Red Cross, FEMA or Emergency
American Red Cross
Direct line to the Milwaukee office: 1-800-236-8680. There is also an
800 number to the national office.
NOTE: The Red Cross is not a first responder. The Red Cross comes in
after the initial response team has assessed needs.
Southeast Wisconsin Citizen Corps
Kenosha County Emergency Management
Before a Disaster Strikes
Before a disaster strikes:
- Make a plan to keep in touch in case your family gets separated.
- Make a list of important documents (e.g., marriage and birth
certificates, passports) so that you can gather them quickly -- or
better yet keep them all together.
- Make it a policy to keep your car gas tank close to full. Gas
station pumps will not work if the electricity is out.
- Keep a list of passwords to your various computer accounts. Also
keep a copy of email addresses of family and friends. You can keep
these on paper or an inexpensive flash drive for easy grab and go.
- Make a video of the interior of your home and all its contents
and keep it in a safe-deposit box. Include an outside view including
any outbuildings, mature trees, and shrubs. It could be invaluable for
an insurance claim later.
If you have to evacuate, here are some of the things you ought to have
in a "grab and go" kit:
- Prescription drugs
- Your FILE OF LIFE with updated medical information
- First aid supplies (e.g., bandaids, ointments)
- Some hygiene items (e.g., soap, tissue, toilet paper)
- Extra eye glasses and hearing aids
- Your important papers, computer password and email address files,
and important telephone numbers in a plastic pouch
- Extra keys to your house and car
- Sturdy, sensible, multi-purpose clothing and shoes, gloves
- Some large plastic bags, which you can use for protection from
rain, as an emergency blanket, and to close off a broken window.
- Cash in small bills
- If you can't take your pet with you, leave a supply of food and
water for it, and don't leave pets chained to anything
If the emergency allows you to stay at home but cuts you off from the
world for several days, here are some of the things to have in place to
survive until help arrives:
- Extra batteries for flashlights and radios, or better yet a solar
flashlight / radio.
- A couple of the long-lasting glo sticks for light. The larger
ones (24 inchs long) can last up to 6 hours.
- A whistle to call for help.
- A weather radio to track storm path and weather conditions.
In case of a tornado, the experts now feel that the north and north
east corner of a basement may be the safe place. In a house without a
basement, seek shelter at the lowest level and in the smallest room
without windows preferably an interior room. Be sure to pre-position
some supplies (e.g., shoes, coats, a change of clothing flashlights,
food) in the secure location.
- Enough food and water to last three or four days. Have bottled
water and canned fruit or vegetable juice to drink. Have food that
doesn't need to be cooked such as unrefrigerated pudding cups, canned
stew, tuna and chicken, crackers, peanut butter and jelly. Don't forget
a manual can opener, paper plates, paper towels, and supply of
disposable eating utensils.
- A first aid kit for minor injuries. First aid book.
- Dust mask to filter air impurities.
- Duct tape and plastic to create a shelter.
- Moist towlettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties for personal
- Matches in a waterproof container.
- Paper and pencils.
- Chlorine bleach and a medicine dropper.
- Instructions on how to turn off the gas, electricity, and water
to your home and the tools to do it.
If you have pets, you will need to care for them in an
emergency. Here are some of the things to have in place for their
If you have to evacuate and leave your pets behind:
- Tags or collars with identification (animal's name, your phone
number). Pets should wear these at all times.
- Names and phone numbers of veterinarians and boarding centers,
including some out of your area in case local centers are evacuated.
- Proof of pet's vaccinations.
- Medications, medical records (stored in a waterproof container),
and first aid kit.
- Sturdy leashes, harnesses, and/or carriers strong enough to
restrain your pet in a tense situation. Animals may become
unpredictable as they get stressed by severe weather and the chaos of
- Current photos in case your pet is lost.
- Food, water, bowls, cat litter and pan, can opener.
- Pet bedding, treats, and toys.
- Newspaper and plastic bags for cleanup.
- Note that only service animals
are allowed in shelters.
- Do NOT tie or cage animals that you leave behind. Their chances
for survival are greater if they
can move around.
- Leave food and a large container of water that
cannot be toppled.
- Post a sign in your window indicating how many and what type of
animals you left there.
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