December - Are you Prepared for Emergencies?
I am sitting down to write this a week after the October snowstorm that surprised everyone and reminded us how much we rely on electricity. It has not been very long since Hurricane Irene blew through the area, adding flooding to the season’s collection of natural disasters.
It seems that many residents here do not see it as a disaster-prone area, unlike those who experience frequent tornados or earthquakes. Those communities regularly practice response drills, from elementary school to professional responders. Yet recent weather changes indicate that we should be prepared for major events, particularly those that interrupt power.
The current advice is that we must be prepared to “shelter in place” for at least three days. This means having enough water, food, light, heat and medication for at least three days without electricity. Don’t wait for the snow to start to fall this winter before you restock batteries, water and no-cook food. Don’t wait for the last day to refill prescriptions. Make sure you have a battery powered radio and a phone that will work without electricity (cordless phones do not work—sometimes “old tech” is best). Get a car charger for your cell phone. If it is cold and you do not have an alternate safe source of heat, go somewhere that does before the storm hits.
We had several days warning for Hurricane Irene. Emergency management personnel got the word out that it had the potential to be very serious. People had time to stock up or go to stay with relatives. Our case managers were able to call the people we work with to ensure they had the supplies they need. The American Red Cross Meals on Wheels program got “blizzard bags” out to their participants, including several no-cook items. The Halloween snow storm caught everyone by surprise, and this could happen again this winter. We may not be able to get to you. “Independent living” really means you are on your own. Call 911 if you have a true emergency.
These crises illustrated areas for improvement. Emergency responders from neighboring communities and levels of government need clear channels of communication with each other. Register Ready (the area registry for people with special needs) did not work as intended. There were not enough personnel to respond to non-emergent issues.
I have heard many wonderful stories about the creative ways you responded to these challenges. Adversity can bring out the best in people. Neighbors pooled all their perishables into a large “stone soup” for the neighborhood, cooked on a gas grill. Someone recharged a medical device in her car. Neighbors checked on each other and caregivers stayed for multiple shifts. Police and emergency responders went out of their way to help with an astonishing array of requests. The Library opened its doors after Irene for recharging devices. Recreation opened the pool locker rooms for showers. McCaffrey’s gave food away before it spoiled. PSRC welcomed people this week to our heated building.
I really hope we are not tested again this winter. But don’t wait to find out. Please prepare your emergency supplies and plan now. Apply what you learned about your needs during these storms and create a strategy to address them. Line up your support team. Create a telephone tree for family communication. PSRC staff will be happy to help you make plans so we know you are OK.
We wish you a safe and happy holiday and an uneventful new year!
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