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xperience helps. So do longevity and feelings that we’re all in this together. When turf issues don’t interfere with helping folks, Snohomish County public and private social-service agencies are more effective in dealing with disasters large and small. In short, working together is the Snohomish County way. “We actually talk to one another,” said Chuck Morrison, executive director for the county’s American Red Cross chapter. “There’s not the competition you can find in some other areas.” In the past last year, there’s been no shortage of incidents to provide experience to managers of relief organizations. In addition to a normal number of fires and floods, the unexpected March Oso mudslide and the October shootings at Marysville-Pilchuck High School both strained nerves and solidified relationships. “We’re blessed in Snohomish County with social service agencies that work as a team,” said Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring. “We’ve realized over the last five years or more that we need to partner together in whatever we do.” The mayor, who is on the United Way of Snohomish County board, expressed thanks for the response by the Red Cross, Marysville Rotary, United Way and others in the aftermath of the school shootings. Quick action eased financial and emotional burdens that followed. Law enforcement agencies also stepped in during the crisis, he said. “We’ve come together by necessity and desire to be a county that takes care of its people,” Nehring said. Agencies succeed at working together partly because their local leaders have been around a long time

and have consistently cooperated on problems rather than trying to do it by themselves, Morrison said. A prime example of community togetherness was the response to the gigantic mudslide near Oso on March 22 that wiped out a neighborhood and killed 43 people Local agencies picked up on coordinating efforts by the Snohomish County Emergency Management Department and the Federal Emergency Management Agency by forming what is called the Long Term Recovery Group. This comprises nearly four dozen organizations ranging from the Salvation Army and Red Cross to a variety of local churches, service clubs and public agencies. The group meets weekly in Oso to identify needs and earmark help for people affected by the slide. The work is supported by the generosity of people literally from around the world. Some $5 million was donated to the Red Cross, another $2.6 million to United Way and $2.3 million to Cascade Valley Hospital Foundation for Oso relief, said Neil Parekh, United Way spokesman. He knows the figures because the groups compared notes on donations and figured out where it should be spent. “Other people talk about working together,” Parekh said. “We actually do it.” Thanks to the donations, the Red Cross has funded two disaster case managers for the Salvation Army. Their job is to identify people who need physical or psychological help. Those needs are relayed to an appropriate group or agency for action. “It takes a lot longer than people think for recovery from something like this,” said Abigail Blum, one of the case managers. “Up here we say it’s a marathon, not a sprint.” In the mountain community of Dar-

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rington, Mayor Dan Rankin knows firsthand how agencies have worked together. The direct highway route to his town was cut off by the mudslide, and many people from his community identify with or are relatives of slide victims, Loggers and equipment operators from this independent community rushed into the hazardous slide area looking for survivors and helping to recover the victims. It was a traumatic experience, and the Darrington mayor worries about the long-term effects on the dozens who volunteered. These are rugged and independent people who work in dangerous jobs to begin with, and nobody knows how some might be affected psychologically at home or in the work place, the mayor said. Counseling is available, but “getting them to seek out the services has been problematic and difficult,” Rankin said. “And there are many, many of them.” On the other side of the slide in Arlington, Mayor Barbara Tolbert likens the effects of the disaster to ripples in a pond after a stone is thrown -- they are numerous and they travel a great distance. She is grateful that help is available to responders and slide victims. “I have nothing but words of praise for these organizations and volunteers who spend the time to make sure these impacts in our community are addressed,” Tolbert said. Bob Dolhanyk, the Red Cross contact with the long-term recovery group, said every agency has certain expertise. “It’s a network of groups that have come together to focus on the needs of the community,”

Dolhanyk said. That network is not limited to huge emergencies like the Oso slide. Sometimes just a little food, some reassurance and a place to sleep are important to a family after a personal disaster like a residential fire. When an apartment blaze last summer left 32 Russian and Ukrainian immigrants permanently or temporarily homeless in south Everett, the Red Cross’ Morrison reached out to a variety of agencies for help. “We opened up a shelter at the Bible Baptist Church on Casino Road,” Morrison said. “Twelve people used the shelter for up to seven nights. Others came to the shelter for case worker meetings.” The case workers crossed language barriers with translators supplied by Snohomish County. Catholic Community Services, Volunteers of America, Everett Housing Authority and the Red Cross all pitched in to find housing for victims. The St. Vincent de Paul provided bedding and Everett Transit give transportation vouchers. Businesses also pitched in with Value Village giving clothing and European Market supplying culturally appropriate food, Morrison said. It was a comparatively small emergency, but a lot of folks and groups stepped up. Marysville Mayor Nehring said there is an overriding sense of togetherness among Snohomish County nonprofit groups. “I think we all view this as home,” Nehring said.


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HOUSE FIRES Most common disaster in U.S.

Steps you can take to prevent a house fire ■ Keep items that can catch on fire at least three feet away from anything that gets hot, such as space heaters. ■ Never smoke in bed. ■ Talk to children regularly about the dangers of fire, matches and lighters and keep them out of reach. ■ Turn portable heaters off when you leave the room or go to sleep. Cooking Safely ■ Stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling or

■ If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL 9-1-1 for help. ■ Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. Test them every month and replace the batteries at least once a year. ■ Talk with all household members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.

Smoke Alarms

■ Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. ■ Teach children what smoke alarms sound like and what to do when they hear one. ■ Once a month check whether each alarm in the home is working properly by pushing the test button. ■ Replace batteries in smoke alarms at least once a year. Immediately install a new battery if an alarm chirps, warning the battery is low. ■ Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years. Never disable smoke or carbon monoxide alarms. ■ Carbon monoxide alarms are not substitutes for smoke alarms. Know the difference between the sound of smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms. Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoalburning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area. Carbon monoxide kills!

broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove. ■ Stay in the home while simmering, baking, roasting or boiling food. Check it regularly and use a timer to remind you that food is cooking. ■ Keep anything that can catch fire — like pot olders, towels, plastic and clothing — away from the stove. ■ Keep pets off cooking surfaces and countertops to prevent them from knocking things onto the burner.

Follow Your Escape Plan!

■ If closed doors or handles are warm, use your second way out. Never open doors that are warm to the touch. ■ Crawl low under smoke. ■ Go to your outside meeting place and then call for help. ■ If smoke, heat or flames block your exit routes, stay in the room with doors closed. Place a wet towel under the door and call the fire department or 9-1-1. Open a window and wave a brightly colored cloth or flashlight to signal for help.

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Fire Escape Planning

■ Ensure that all household members know two ways to escape from every room of your home. ■ Make sure everyone knows where to meet outside in OKE case of fire. CHECK YOUR SM ONTH! ■ Practice escaping from your M A E C N O S ALARM home at least twice a year and at different times of the day. Practice waking up to smoke alarms, low crawling and meeting outside. Make sure everyone knows how to call 9-1-1. ■ Teach household members to STOP, DROP and ROLL if their clothes should catch on fire.

Fire Extinguishers

Use a portable fire extinguisher ONLY if you have been trained by the fire department and in the following conditions: ■ The fire is confined to a small area, and is not growing. ■ The room is not filled with smoke. ■ Everyone has exited the building. ■ The fire department has been called. ■ Remember the word PASS when using a fire extinguisher. ■ Pull the pin and hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you. ■ Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire. ■ Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly. ■ Sweep the nozzle from side to side.


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CALENDAR MAKE A PLAN

Your Disaster Preparedness Calendar is designed to guide you through the process of building a disaster supplies kit and developing a home disaster plan over a six-month time frame. The calendar guides you through a weekly progression of preparedness actions. As you progress, check off the preparedness steps you’ve taken. If you live with other people, get them involved. Once you get started, it gets easier knowing you are taking steps toward protecting your

You can do this. Start today.

well-being. The Red Cross recommends having a 7- to 14-day emergency supply of water and nonperishable food. How much water? One gallon per person per day for drinking, cooking and hygiene. If you live in a remote area or an island, plan for a 14-day supply of food and water. Having a disaster plan and supply kit will increase your ability to help others during times of regional disruption.

This calendar/checklist is designed to build a 14-day supply kit for one person. Adjust quantities based on the number of people in your household. The following list istodesigned to buildday a fourteen dayfor supply kit for one person. Adjustbased quantities based on the number The following check list ischeck designed build a fourteen supply kit one person. Adjust quantities on the number To download this checklist in PDF form visit http://class.heraldnet.com/ads/redcross/RCCalendar2015.pdf people in your household. of people inofyour household. WEEK 1WEEKWEEK 2WEEKWEEK 3WEEKWEEK 4WEEKWEEK 5WEEKWEEK 6WEEK 6 1 2 3 4 5 GROCERY Store Store GROCERY Store GROCERY Store GROCERYHARDWARE Store HARDWARE Store Store GROCERYHARDWARE Store HARDWARE Store Store GROCERYHARDWARE Store HARDWARE Store 3 gallons water * ‰water Disaster gallons water* ‰water* Compass ‰ Compass ‰ 2 gallons water* ‰water* American ‰ Red ‰ 3 gallons * Kit ‰ from Disaster‰Kit3from ‰ 3 gallons ‰ 2 gallons American Red 1 jar peanut ‰Red 2 cans meat ‰ Medicines ‰2 Cross First Aid ‰ butter 1 jar peanutAmerican butter Red American ‰ 2* cans meat * ‰/ Medicines / cans fruit* ‰ 2 cans fruit* Cross First Aid 3 cans meat Cross ‰ 2 cans ‰ 2 cans kit which includes ‰ 3* cans meat * Cross ‰ 2 cans fruit ‰*2 cans fruitprescriptions * prescriptions kit which includes 1 hand-operated ‰ Feminine hygiene “for emergency vegetables* vegetables*sterile adhesive ‰ 1 hand-operated OR OR ‰ Feminine hygiene “for emergency sterile adhesive can opener can opener ‰ Heavy cotton or supplies use”, contact-lens ‰ 2 cans meat* bandages in ‰ Heavy cotton or supplies use”, contact-lens ‰ 2 cans meat* bandages in ‰ Permanent‰ Permanenthemp rope hemp rope ‰ Paper & pen supplies ‰ Paper & pen supplies‰ 3 rolls toilet ‰ paper 3 rolls toiletassorted paper sizes, assorted sizes, marking pen marking ‰ Duct tape‰ Duct tape ‰ Local map‰ Local map ‰ Extra toothbrush adhesive tape, pen ‰ Extra toothbrush adhesive tape, ‰ 2 flashlights with ‰ Pain reliever Action Step: ‰ Travel-size gauze pads, ‰ 2 flashlights with ‰ Pain reliever Action Step: ‰ Travel-size gauze pads, Additional: Additional: batteries family toothpaste toothpaste sterile roller sterile roller batteries‰ Laxative ‰ Laxative‰ Develop a‰ Develop a family Pet food, diapers, ‰ Matches in‰ Matches in disaster plandisaster plan bandages, latex Pet food, diapers, bandages, latex baby food baby food waterproof waterproof Additional: Additional: including where to Additional: including where to Additional: gloves gloves container for container 1 gallon water for meet if separated, Special foods for ‰ Safety pins for 1 gallon water for meet if separated, Special foods for ‰ Safety pins Action Steps: outside use ONLY pet name and number special dietary needsdietary ‰ Sunscreen Action Steps: outside each use ONLY each pet name and number special needs ‰ Sunscreen ‰ Date perishable with appropriate of out-of-areaof out-of-area ‰ Date perishable with appropriate items with marker camp stove or Action contact, kinds of Action Action Step:Action Step: items with marker camp stove or Steps: Action Steps: contact, kinds ofSteps: Action Steps: ‰ Decide upon & BBQ ‰ Find out about information toinformation give ‰ Identify ‰ Identify storage ‰ Decide upon & BBQ ‰ Find out about to give escape ‰ Identify escape ‰ Identify storage notify out-of-area Additional: Additional: what kinds ofwhat kinds that ancontact routes for your area for your notify out-of-area of contact in that in an from house routes fromarea house contact who contact leash or carrier for disasters can emergency for all family as who leash or carrier for disasters can emergency for all familysupplies suchsupplies such as can coordinate your pet, extra setpet, of extrahappen members members closet near an can coordinate your set of in your happen in your closet near an information for I.D. for tags. area ‰ Identify safe exit, or several information I.D. tags. area ‰ Identify safe exit, or several scattered family ‰ Encourage‰ Encourage places to go places to go heavy-duty, heavy-duty, scattered family members members Action Steps: neighbors to neighbors to in case of fire, watertight plastic Action Steps: in case of fire, watertight plastic ‰ Sign up for First develop their own flood, earthquake, garbage cansgarbage that ‰ Sign up for First develop their own flood, earthquake, cans that Aid/ CPR class plans or other local can be stored Aid/ CPR class plans or other local can be stored at local American disasters outside. If using at local American disasters outside. If using Red Cross ‰ Practice a drill for outside storage— Red Cross ‰ Practice a drill for outside storage— each of your plans ensure container each of your plans ensure container is weather and is weather and animal proof animal proof ‰ ‰ ‰ ‰

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Find out what could happen to you

Contact your local emergency management or the Red Cross: ■ Ask what types of disasters are most likely to happen. Request information on how to prepare for each. ■ Learn about your community’s warning signals: what they sound like and what you should do when you hear them. ■ Ask about animal care after disaster. Animals may not be allowed inside emergency shelters due to health regulations. ■ Find out how to help elderly or disabled persons, if needed. ■ Next, find out about the disaster plans at your workplace, your children’s school or daycare center and other places where your family spends time.

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Create a disaster plan

Meet with your family and discuss why you need to prepare for disaster. Explain the dangers of fire, severe weather and earthquakes to children. Plan to share responsibilities and work together as a team.

■ Discuss the types of disasters that are most likely to happen. Explain what to do in each case. ■ Pick two places to meet: 1. Right outside your home in case of a sudden emergency, like a fire. 2. Outside your neighborhood in case you can’t return home. ■ Everyone must know the address and phone number. ■ Ask an out-of-state friend to be your “family contact.” After a disaster, it’s often easier to call long distance. ■ Discuss what to do in an evacuation. Plan how to take care of your pets.

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Complete Checklist

■ Post emergency telephone numbers by phones (fire, police, ambulance, etc.). ■ Teach children how and when to call 9-1-1 for emergency help. ■ Show each family member how and when to turn off the water, gas and electricity at the main switches. ■ Teach each family member how to use the fire extinguisher. ■ Install smoke detectors on each level of your home. ■ Conduct a home hazard hunt. ■ Stock emergency supplies and assemble a Disaster Supplies Kit. ■ Take a first aid and CPR class. ■ Determine the best escape routes from your home. Find two ways out of each room. ■ Find the safe spots in your home for each type of disaster.

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Practice/Maintain Plan

■ Quiz your kids every six months so they remember what to do. ■ Conduct fire and emergency evacuation drills. ■ Replace stored water every three months and stored food every six months. ■ Test and recharge your fire extinguisher(s) according to manufacturer’s instructions. ■ Test your smoke detectors monthly and change the batteries at least once a year.


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Power Outage Reporting: 425-783-1001 (any day, any time) BE EMERGENCY SMART! Assembling an Emergency Preparedness Kit is easy. Most of the stuff is already in your house. This kit will help you get through an outage lasting three to five days: • Three- to five-day supply of non-perishable food that needs little or no cooking • Blankets and pillows • Portable, battery-powered radio and clock • Flashlights • Extra batteries • Manual can opener, bottle opener, and utility knife • First-aid kit • Bottled water (minimum two quarts per person per day but preferably one gallon per person per day) • Candles • Matches in a waterproof container or a lighter • Cooler (and keep ice or ice packs ready in your freezer) • Personal hygiene, sanitary supplies • Cash (ATMs and banks may not be available) • Pet supplies for three to five days • Playing cards, games, and books for entertainment • Prescription medications • Phone charger for a car 1225158


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Resilience: The ability to become strong, healthy, or successful again after something bad happens. How can you help us and, in turn, help your family and our community?

Greetings, Being prepared is more than just our profession… it is our passion.

JOHN E. PENNINGTON Director Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management

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The Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management is committed to ensuring that our region and its residents are prepared for any disaster. With strong partnerships and our collective experiences, Snohomish County is a recognized national leader in emergency and disaster management… but we can’t do it alone. Only with your help can we continue to make Snohomish County and our tribal partners the most resilient in all of Washington.

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Think and Plan. Within this publication are the websites and information that will allow you to be more resilient to disasters. Take a small amount of time to think through how a disaster might impact you and your family, and then go from there. Sign up for Notifications. We utilize a reverse notification system that can call your home, your work number, and even your cell number when there is a foreseeable incident coming (like flooding or high winds). Take the opportunity to sign up for our Alert Sense system and you will be notified of those foreseeable incidents and even where to go and what to do after disaster strikes (like how to report damages or where you may be able to help).

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Listen and Act on Warnings and Messages. Snohomish County residents do a great job of heeding messages from our department… so keep doing it! When we send messages to your phones; you will generally hear our department’s name in the beginning (Ex. This is the Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management with an important message…). We send these messages to give you a heads-up that something may happen in your area and try to allow you the time to prepare. Sometimes, however, those messages may not reach newer residents, senior citizens, the vulnerable, or those who may not speak English in your neighborhood. Please help us by making sure that as many people as possible receive and understand that message.

Although our unique and scenic part of Puget Sound is prone to all kinds of natural events, it doesn’t mean we have to become victims of disasters. Snohomish County has experienced, responded to and successfully recovered from even the most tragic incidents. Our job… all of our jobs… is to make sure we are better prepared for the next time it happens. You become important to our success and ensuring that Snohomish County remains the most resilient county and community in Washington! Best wishes, John E. Pennington Director Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management

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ELDERLYOR DISABLED PLAN

MAKE A PLAN

What will you do in an emergency?

■ Think through the details of your everyday life. If there are people who assist you on a daily basis, list who they are and how you will contact them in an emergency. ■ Create your own personal support network by identifying others who will help you in an emergency. ■ Think about what modes of transportation you use and what alternative

modes could serve as back-ups. If you require handicap accessible transportation be sure your alternatives are also accessible. ■ If you have tools or aids specific to your disability, plan how you would cope without them. For example, if you use a communication device, mobility aid, or rely on a service animal, what will you do if these are not available?

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■ If you are dependent on life-sustaining equipment or treatment such as a dialysis machine, find out the location and availability of more than one facility. ■ For every aspect of your daily routine, plan an alternative procedure. Make a plan and write it down. Keep a copy of your plan in your emergency supply kits and a list of important information and contacts in your wallet. Share your plan with your family, friends, care providers and others in your personal support network. ■ If you anticipate needing assistance during a disaster, make a list of family, friends and others who will be part of your plan. Talk to these people and ask them to be part of your support network. Share each aspect of your emergency plan with everyone in your group, including a friend or relative in another area who would not be impacted by the same emergency who can help if necessary. ■ Make sure everyone knows how you plan to evacuate your home, school or workplace and where you will go in case of a disaster. ■ Make sure someone in your personal support network has an extra key to your home and knows where you keep your emergency supplies. Teach them how to use any lifesaving equipment or administer medicine in case of an emergency. ■ If you use a wheelchair, oxygen or other medical equipment show friends how to use these devices so they can move you if necessary or help you evacuate. ■ Practice your plan with those who have agreed to be part of your personal support network. ■ Inform your employer and co-workers about your disability and let them know specifically what assistance you will need in an emergency. ■ If you are hearing impaired, discuss the best ways to alert you in an emergency. ■ Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so plan how you will contact one another and review what you will do in different situations. ■ Consider a plan where each family member calls or e-mails the same friend or relative in the event of an emergency. An out-of-town contact, not in the impacted area, may be in a better position to communicate among separated family members.

Depending on your circumstances and the nature of the emergency, the first important decision is whether you stay or go. You should understand and plan for both possibilities. Use common sense and available information to determine if there is immediate danger. In any emergency, local authorities may or may not immediately be able to provide information on what is happening and what you should do. However, you should monitor television or radio news reports for information or official instructions as they become available. If you’re specifically told to evacuate or seek medical treatment, do so immediately. If you require additional travel time or need transportation assistance, make these arrangements in advance.

Staying Put:

Whether you are at home or elsewhere, there may be situations when it’s simply best to stay where you are and avoid any uncertainty outside. Consider what you can do to safely shelter in-place alone or with friends, family or neighbors. Also consider how a shelter designated for the public would meet your needs. There could be times when you will need to stay put and create a barrier between yourself and potentially contaminated air outside. This process is known as “sealing the room.” Use available information to assess the situation. If you see large amounts of debris in the air, or if local authorities say the air is badly contaminated, you may want to take this kind of action.

Evacuation:

There may be conditions in which you will decide to get away or there may be situations when you may be ordered to leave. Plan how you will get away and anticipate where you will go. Choose several destinations in different directions so you have options in an emergency. Ask about evacuation plans at the places where you spend time including work, school, community organizations and other places you frequent. If you typically rely on elevators, have a back-up plan in case they are not working.


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MENTAL HEALTH? Clinical psychologist Dr. Paul Schoenfeld, Director of The Everett Clinic Center for Behavioral Health and author of FamilyTalkBlog. com, gives tips to psychologically deal with a disaster and what you can do now to become more resilient. ■ Accept and acknowledge your feelings. When disaster strikes, adults and children may feel angry, worried and confused. Identify and acknowledge your feelings. ■ Share your experience with others. Don’t keep your feelings to yourself. Share with others where you were when the disaster occurred and what happened. Tell your story. Sometimes it is necessary to tell your story several times, as a way of allowing your emo-

tions to surface. ■ Be prepared to experience emotional, mental and physical impacts of the experience. It is common for individuals to have their sleep disturbed, feel more anxious and worried than usual, lose their appetite, have headaches or stomachaches, and have physical conditions worsen. Many individuals feel disoriented or lost. This is usually temporary as you work on adjusting to the changed circumstances. ■ Develop healthy habits when life is routine. The time to start an exercise habit, meditation or prayer practice, and healthy eating is when all is well. Then, when you really need skills and tools to ease distress, they are already well established. It is very difficult to start one of these healthy habits when

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the going gets tough. ■ Ask for help. This is the time to talk to mental health counselors about your experience so that you find your way through a difficult time. It can be very helpful. ■ Remember, everyone handles crisis situations differently. There is no one way to cope with disruptive change. Everyone finds their own way through these challenges a little bit differently. Even in the event of a large-scale disaster, The Everett Clinic has a responsibility to our patients and community to remain open for business. Our Emergency Operations Plan dictates that we will implement the Hospital Incident Command System, which is part

of the National Incident Management System. Following these guidelines, the clinic is able to adapt to changing circumstances and needs during a wide variety of emergency situations while continuing to provide services. In addition, in a mass casualty disaster, The Everett Clinic has agreed to act as regional “first aid stations” at our clinics to care for the “walking wounded.” In other words, we’ll take care of the broken bones, stitching up cuts, etc., thus freeing up the hospitals to handle the life-threatening cases. This partnership will save lives.

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Emergency action plans for your family should include your animals For information on disaster planning and emergency actions to take for livestock, horses, birds, reptiles or other small animals, such as gerbils or hamsters, visit RedCross.org, the Humane Society of the United States (www.HSUS.org) or Ready.gov.

They are counting on you

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Plan to take your pets with you in an evacuation. If it is not safe for you to stay, it is not safe for them either. ■ Know which hotels and motels along your evacuation route will accept you and your pets in an emergency. Call ahead for reservations if you know you may need to evacuate. Ask if no-pet policies could be waived in an emergency. ■ Most Red Cross shelters cannot accept pets because of health and safety concerns and other considerations. Service animals that assist people with disabilities are allowed in Red Cross shelters. ■ Know which friends, relatives, boarding facilities, animal shelters or veterinarians can care for your animals in an emergency. Prepare a list with phone numbers. ■ Although your animals may be more comfortable together, be prepared to house them separately. ■ Include your pets in evacuation drills so they become used to entering and traveling in their carriers calmly. ■ Make sure your pet’s vaccinations are current and all dogs and cats are wearing collars with securely fastened,

Pet Buddy System Plan with neighbors, friends or relatives to make sure someone is available to care for or evacuate your pets if you are unable to do so. Talk with your pet care buddy about your evacuation plans and show them where you keep your pet’s emergency supply kit. Also designate specific locations, one in your immediate neighborhood and another farther away, where you will meet in an emergency. up-to-date identification. Many pet shelters require proof of current vaccinations to reduce the spread of disease. ■ Consider having your pet “microchipped” by your veterinarian. ■ The behavior of pets may change dramatically after a disaster, becoming aggressive or defensive, so be aware of their well-being and protect them from hazards to ensure the safety of other people and animals. ■ Watch your animals closely and keep them under your direct control as

fences and gates may have been damaged. ■ Pets may become disoriented, particularly if the disaster has affected scent markers that normally allow them to find their home. ■ Be aware of hazards at nose and paw or hoof level, particularly debris, spilled chemicals, fertilizers and other substances that might not seem to be dangerous to humans. ■ Consult your veterinarian if any behavior problems persist. ■ Bring pets inside so you won’t have to search for them if you need to leave quickly. The American Red Cross has developed Dog First Aid and Cat First Aid comprehensive guides to help keep pets healthy and safe. From basic responsibilities, like spaying/neutering and giving medications, to managing cardiac emergencies and preparing for disasters, these guides offer information pet owners can trust. Contact your local chapter to purchase guide books and first aid kits or log on to the Red Cross Store to see all available products.

PORTABLE PET EMERGENCY KIT CHECKLIST ■ Sturdy leashes, harnesses and/ or carriers to transport pets safely and ensure they can’t escape. ■ Food, drinking water, bowls, cat litter/pan and a manual can opener. ■ Medications and copies of medical records stored in a waterproof container. ■ A first aid kit. ■ Current photos of you with your pet(s) in case they get lost. Since many pets look alike, this will help to eliminate mistaken identity and confusion. ■ Information on feeding schedules, medical conditions, behavior problems, and the name and number of your veterinarian in case you have to foster or board your pets. ■ Pet beds and toys, if easily transportable.


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DISASTER PREPAREDNESS FIRST AIDKIT

For family of 4 ■ 2 absorbent compress dressings (5 x 9 inches) ■ 25 adhesive bandages (assorted sizes) ■ 1 adhesive cloth tape (10 yards x 1 inch) ■ 5 antibiotic ointment packets (approximately 1 gram) ■ 5 antiseptic wipe packets ■ 2 packets of aspirin (81 mg each) ■ 1 blanket (space blanket) ■ 1 breathing barrier (with one-way valve) ■ 1 instant cold compress ■ 2 pair of nonlatex gloves (size: large) ■ 2 hydrocortisone ointment packets (approximately 1 gram each) ■ Scissors ■ 1 roller bandage (3 inches wide) ■ 1 roller bandage (4 inches wide) ■ 5 sterile gauze pads (3 x 3 inches) ■ 5 sterile gauze pads (4 x 4 inches) ■ Oral thermometer (non-mercury/nonglass) ■ 2 triangular bandages ■ Tweezers ■ First aid instruction booklet

KIT

Kits for homes, offices, schools, cars, pets, outdoors and first aid can be purchased through www.essentialpacks.com. You can also purchase emergency supplies from the site. You can find emergency kits, radios and supplies at The Red Cross Store www.redcrossstore.org. Below is the Red Cross suggested list of supplies for creating your own Disaster Preparedness Kit. Being prepared means being equipped with the proper supplies you may need in the event of an emergency or disaster. Keep your supplies in an easy-to-carry emergency preparedness kit that you can use at home or take with you in case you must evacuate.

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At a minimum, you should have the basic supplies listed below: ■ Water — one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home) ■ Food — nonperishable, easy-toprepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home) ■ Flashlight ■ Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible) ■ Extra batteries ■ First aid kit (see sidebar) ■ Medications (7-day supply) and medical items ■ Multi-purpose tool ■ Sanitation and personal hygiene items ■ Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies) ■ Cell phone with chargers ■ Family and emergency contact information ■ Extra cash ■ Emergency blanket ■ Map(s) of the area

Consider the needs of all family members and add supplies to your kit. Suggested items to help meet additional needs are: ■ Medical supplies (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, etc) ■ Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers) ■ Games and activities for children ■ Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl) ■ Two-way radios ■ Extra set of car keys and house keys ■ Manual can opener

GATHER ENOUGH SUPPLIES TO LAST 14 DAYS

Additional supplies to keep at home or in your survival kit based on the types of disasters common to your area: ■ Whistle ■ N95 or surgical masks ■ Matches ■ Rain gear ■ Towels ■ Work gloves ■ Tools/supplies for securing your home ■ Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes ■ Plastic sheeting ■ Duct tape ■ Scissors ■ Household liquid bleach ■ Entertainment items ■ Blankets or sleeping bags


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■ Passport or copy of passport ■ Copy of driver’s license ■ Your original social security card or a copy ■ Copies of work, school, military ID(s) etc. ■ Actual birth certificate or certified copy ■ Proof of residency/citizenship – certificate of naturalization, certificate of U.S. citizenship, tribal membership card with photo ID ■ Voter’s registration card

Health/Medical

■ Lists of medications, dosages, and prescription numbers

■ Contact information for doctors and pharmacies ■ Copy of prescriptions ■ Medical insurance or Medicare information ■ Medical records and blood type ■ Organ donor information

Financial/Legal

■ Insurance policies including the name of the company, type of policy, policy number and contact information ■ Vehicle, house, and other property titles ■ Any retirement information ■ Contact information for financial servicers; banks, credit unions etc. ■ Cash – in the event there is no electricity, credit card systems and ATM’s

may not be working ■ Tax records ■ Wills, deeds, trusts, living wills, power of attorney and healthcare directive ■ Marriage/divorce/adoption/death certificates ■ Bank account information and a checkbook with blank checks and deposit slips. Even if you never write checks it can be helpful to have at least one check with your account number and routing number ■ List of savings and investments including CD’s, stocks, bonds, mutual funds and contact information ■ Photocopies of credit cards — front and back ■ List of debt obligations, due dates, account numbers and contact information

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■ Pictures of your house, both interior and exterior to help prove value of goods

Personal

■ List of important phone numbers including family members and emergency and medical contacts ■ List of family advisors such as accountants, attorneys and religious leaders ■ Educational and military records ■ Pictures of family members, including pets

Pets

■ Care plan — what your pet needs if you are not there ■ Vaccination documents ■ Registration information ■ Medical and microchip records

Taking Care of Your Emotional Health after a Disaster Disasters are upsetting experiences for everyone involved. When we experience a disaster or other stressful life event, we can have a variety of reactions, all of which can be common responses to difficult situations. These reactions can include: • • • • • •

Feeling physically and mentally drained Having difficulty making decisions or staying focused on topics Becoming easily frustrated on a more frequent basis Arguing more with family and friends Feeling tired, sad, numb, lonely or worried Experiencing changes in appetite or sleep patterns

Most of these reactions are temporary and will go away over time. Look for ways to take one step at a time and focus on taking care of your disaster-related needs and those of your family.

When the Challenges Are Ongoing Many people have experience coping with stressful life events and typically feel better after a few days. Others find that their stress does not go away as quickly as they would like and it influences their relationships with their family, friends and others. If you find yourself or a loved one experiencing some of the feelings and reactions listed above for two weeks or longer, this may be a sign that you need to reach out for additional assistance.

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The Everett Fire Department offers Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) classes. The 8-session course will provide a variety of disaster planning, recovery and survival skills aimed at surviving and assisting our community in disaster response and recovery. Citizens, as well as business owners, are encouraged to participate or send employees to these free emergency preparedness classes. To date, more than 600 people have participated in the Everett Fire Department CERT Program. There is a requirement to attend all sessions, establish a 3-day home emergency kit, obtain personal safety equipment and be a willing team participant. Cost for personal safety equipment is approximately $30 and it’s advised to purchase equipment on your own to ensure proper fitting. The basic equipment information and where to purchase will be explained at the first class. Applications are available through the Everett Office of Emergency Management. Class size is limited. For more information, contact the Everett Office of Emergency Management at 425-257-7965 or email everetteoc@everettwa.gov.

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Residents and businesses in the Fire District 1 service area can sign up to receive up-to-date emergency notifications through an emergency management alert system. Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management, in coordination with the county’s 9-1-1 call centers, has opened public enrollment in the county’s MyStateUSA Alert Sense System. Emergency response providers will use Alert Sense to warn people quickly when hazardous weather or other emergencies may affect the local area. Residents and businesses may elect to receive alerts by e-mail or text message. Alert Sense allows individuals without landline phone service to link their address and cell phone to receive notifications affecting their registered location. Emergency information is simultaneously posted on the website.

Websites with more information: American Red Cross ....................................................................redcross.org Snohomish Co. Dept. of Emergency Mgmt ...snohomishcountywa.gov/DEM The Everett Clinic ................................................................ everettclinic.com Providence Health & Services ................................................ providence.org Cascade Valley Hospital ......................................................cascadevalley.org City of Everett (CERT) ........................ ci.everett.wa.us/default.aspx?ID=879 Snohomish County Fire District .............................................firedistrict1.org Sno. Co. School Districts ....... snohomishcountywa.gov/384/School-Districts FEMA................................................................................................fema.gov Ready .............................................................................................. ready.gov ASPCA ............................................................................................. aspca.org Humane Society ................................................................humanesociety.org To Volunteer ... www.snohomishcountywa.gov/749/volunteer-opportunities

Add Snohomish County Alerts to Your Communication Device mystateusa.com/alertSignup.aspx?region=1159

NOAA Weather Radio A NOAA Weather Radio is a necessary tool to stay informed about severe weather and what actions to take. Everett Emergency Management has purchased and installed NOAA Weather Radios in city public areas including: Everett Public Library, City Administration Building, Police Department, Public Works, Everett School District Office, and Fire Department Administration. ■ At Home: Be warned of approaching storms so you can seek shelter before the storm arrives! ■ At Work: You can listen to the broadcast no matter where your workplace may be. ■ While Traveling: Available to travelers on highways and at rest areas across the nation. ■ At Play: Include a Weather Radio along with sports equipment when inclement weather is possible. ■ While Boating or Camping: Available in many coastal and wilderness areas and in campgrounds and state parks.


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In a disaster your most immediate source of help are the neighbors living around you.

MYN Map Your Neighborhood

Prepare

Neighborhoods that are prepared for emergencies and disaster situations save lives, reduce the severity of injuries and trauma, and reduce property damage. In addition, contributing as an individual and working together as a team helps develop stronger communities and improve the quality of life in the community. And it’s FREE!

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■ Learn the first 9 Steps to Take Immediately Following a Disaster to secure your home and protect your neighborhood. It is hard to think clearly following disaster. These steps will help you to quickly and safely take actions that can minimize damage and protect lives. ■ Identify the Skills and Equipment Inventory each neighbor has that are useful in an effective disaster response. Knowing which neighbors have supplies and skills ensures a timely response to a disaster and allows everyone to contribute to the response in a meaningful way. ■ Create a Neighborhood Map identifying the locations of natural gas and propane tanks for quick response

if needed. ■ Create a Neighborhood Contact List that identifies those with specific needs such as the elderly, those with a disability, or homes where children may be alone during certain hours of the day. ■ Work Together as a Team to evaluate your neighborhood after a disaster and take the necessary actions. Teaches neighbors to rely on each other during the hours or days before fire, medical, police, or utility responders arrive. Takes just one person to begin this process by inviting the neighborhood to his or her home for a 90-minute meeting, facilitated by the program DVD.

Program Components (accomplished in a 90-minute neighborhood meeting): ■ 9-Step Response Plan begins at home and then reaches throughout the neighborhood. It teaches what to do to save a life, reduce the severity of injuries, reduce emotional distress, and decrease property and environmental damage. ■ Skill & Equipment Inventory saves response time by identifying who in the

neighborhood has relevant response skills and equipment. ■ Neighborhood Map created during the neighborhood meeting pinpoints the exact locations of natural gas meters and propane tanks, recognizing the single biggest source of neighborhood fire (about 67%) following disaster is natural and propane gas leaks. ■ Contact List identifies who in the neighborhood may have specific needs following the disaster, including those who are elderly, neighbors with disability, or those home alone. Program Materials: ■ MYN Neighbor Handout: contains the 9-Step Response Plan, Skill & Equipment Inventory, Neighborhood Map & Contact List, Help / OK card. Available in English and Spanish. ■ MYN Discussion Guide: designed as a ‘script’ for MYN’s DVD and can be easily read if a DVD player is not available. ■ MYN DVD: produced in a playpause-discuss format and is subtitled in English, Spanish, Russian, Korean, Chinese, and close-captioned for the hearing impaired. ■ MYN CD: supporting materials (also

available online) – includes Discussion Guide, meeting invitation, promotional flyer, brochure, reporting tool, and database. ■ Personal Preparedness: Prepare in a Year (PIY) and Getting Ready Home programs offer step-by-step instructions, compelling photos, and streaming videos which educate people on how they can prepare their families and homes to better survive disasters (only available online). ■ Preparedness Website: conceptualized to support the Preparedness Strategic Plan of “enabling and empowering preparedness activity in communities,” averaging 900,000 hits per month. Additionally: ■ Partners in 43 states, including Washington, have found MYN to be a cost effective and time efficient approach to neighborhood preparedness. ■ MYN has a proven track record. During the 2001 Nisqually earthquake, 92% of 460 organized neighborhoods in Seattle reported responding in a timely and organized manner to the needs of their neighbors.

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Here for you. Through thick, thin and disaster. For more than 90 years, The Everett Clinic has called Snohomish County home. Every day, we live and work alongside friends, family and the people we care for. So when disasters occur, we’re called to do more. Over the years, The Everett Clinic has donated millions of dollars to disaster relief and our people have volunteered countless hours to help those in need. The way we see it, that’s what neighbors do. To learn more, visit everettclinic.com.

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