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Published on February 4, 2008

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Personal / Family / Neighborhood / Workplace Preparedness:  Personal / Family / Neighborhood / Workplace Preparedness WHY DO YOU NEED TO BE PREPARED:  WHY DO YOU NEED TO BE PREPARED Our Community is potentially at risk for large scale emergencies Natural Technological Human-made There are steps that YOU can take now that will reduce the impact of these hazards Before (Planning and Preparedness) During (Response) Recovery Preparedness Overview:  Preparedness Overview Disaster & Emergency Preparedness Personal and Family Preparedness Planning & 72-Hour Kits Neighborhood & Community Preparedness Boulder County’s Warning Systems Preparing for an Emergency:  Preparing for an Emergency Individuals should prepare by: Recognizing potential disaster events and understanding risk. Identifying potential hazards in their homes and workplaces. Reducing the hazards, where possible. Developing a 72-Hour Kit (disaster supply kit). Responding to an emergency:  Responding to an emergency Individuals can respond by: Following the pre-plan in the event of an emergency. Following emergency management instructions Locating and turning off utilities, if safe. Effects of an Emergency on the Community :  Effects of an Emergency on the Community Lack of … or disruption to: Communications Food, water Information Transportation Power Community Services Personal Safety:  Personal Safety Personal safety measures vary depending on: The type of event. The amount of warning available. Location during the event (i.e., inside, outside, driving). ARE YOU READY FOR A DISASTER?:  ARE YOU READY FOR A DISASTER? Planning Event Preparation Follow Through Home / Workplace Preparedness:  Home / Workplace Preparedness Structural and nonstructural hazard mitigation Individual preparedness: Develop an emergency plan Assemble disaster supplies Identify a safe location Winter Storm Preparedness :  Understand the risk. Prepare your home. Assemble a 72-Hour Kit. Identify an alternate heat source. Fill your car’s gas tank. Make sure all family members know your family emergency plan. Dress appropriately Pay attention to warnings. Winter Storm Preparedness If stranded in your car . . . :  If stranded in your car . . . Stay in your car – unless help is visible. Catch another driver’s attention. Occasionally run your engine – 10 minutes every hour. Keep the exhaust clear Do minor exercises. Power Outages:  Power Outages Flood Preparations:  Flood Preparations Know the flood risk for the area. Have a battery-powered radio to obtain current information. Obtain flood insurance. Prepare a flood evacuation plan. Keep documents in a water-proof box. Have 72-Hour Kit assembled. Protecting Property From Flooding:  Protecting Property From Flooding Elevate furnace, water heater, and electric panel. Move furniture and other items to a higher level. If building a new home, raise the home above flood level. Neighborhood Preparedness Plan:  Neighborhood Preparedness Plan Contact Numbers / Phone Trees Identify Special Needs Population Help Neighbors Can Provide Children’s Schools and Childcare Animals That Need Care Phone Tree and Buddy System Unique Considerations for Neighborhood WARNING SYSTEMS IN BOULDER COUNTY:  WARNING SYSTEMS IN BOULDER COUNTY Emergency Warning System:  Emergency Warning System Understand the strength and limitations of all the systems available to you. None of our systems are fail proof. Activation Time Reliance on Technology Human Error Take advantage of available systems. Radio and TV:  Radio and TV Types of messages that may be received: Local, State & Federal Emergencies – with immediate danger to life or property Severe Weather – with immediate danger to life or property General News Pros: Wide-area dissemination No specialized equipment required Special Needs Options Compliant Cons: Must be tuned to an appropriate channel Does not work with Satellite TV receivers if local stations are not received Does not work with Satellite Radio receivers Major impact to normal programming Radio and TV The Emergency Alert System:  Radio and TV The Emergency Alert System "This is a test of the Emergency Alert System -- this is only a test...." Cable TV and City Access:  Cable TV and City Access Types of messages that may be received: Severe Weather – posing immediate danger to life or property Local Emergencies – posing immediate danger to life or property Pros: City-wide dissemination Cons: Must be a cable TV subscriber Must be watching cable TV City of Boulder access system – must be in the City of Boulder and tuned to cable channel 8 Cities that use this delivery method: Voice Over-Ride Cable: Boulder, Longmont, Louisville, Lafayette City of Boulder Access System – City of Boulder on cable channel 8 Home and Business Phone Lines:  Home and Business Phone Lines Types of messages that may be received: Local emergencies – Fire/Law or other emergency Evacuation Notification Shelter In Place Notification Pros: Area of notification and message can be defined. Effective for an area of limited size - sends out 100’s of calls per minute. Cons: Not setup to work with cell phones, pagers or voice-over-internet systems. Message delivery is subject to phone being answered or answering machine/system. Can take hours to send messages to large number of calls. Reliant on phone system working. Home and Business Phone Lines:  Home and Business Phone Lines What occurs when an emergency message is sent to your phone: Your phone will ring and a pre-recorded message will be on your phone. Listen to the entire message and follow the directions on the message. If you only have a cell phone or VoIP you will not receive call back notification. E-mail / Internet – Local Source:  E-mail / Internet – Local Source Types of Warning: Local Emergency and Preparedness Information Pros: Current information regarding a local event Published and Sent Locally Free Cons: Not set up to provide immediate evacuation information Computers being on in severe weather is not recommended Reliant on an internet connection Boulder Emergency Management (www.ci.boulder.co.us/oem/statuspage.htm) Boulder Emergency Preparedness E-mail System (Under Development) Email / Internet – Commercial Source:  Email / Internet – Commercial Source Types of Warning: Local, State and Federal Emergency Information Severe Weather Information and General News Pros: Wide variety of customized information can be received Some venders offer basic services free of charge Cons: Reliant on vender’s technology to pull local events from other warning systems. Computers being on in severe weather is not recommended Reliant on internet connection A Few Venders: http://www.emergencyemailnetwork.com/ http://www.stormwarn.com/ Cell Phone and Pager – Text Messaging (Commercial Vender):  Cell Phone and Pager – Text Messaging (Commercial Vender) Types of Warning: Local, State and Federal Emergency Information Severe Weather Information and General News Pros: Wide variety of customized information can be received Some venders offer basic services free of charge if your device has an email address Compatible with most commercial cell phone and pager service providers Cons: Reliant on vender’s technology to pull local events from other warning systems A Few Venders: http://www.emergencyemailnetwork.com/ http://www.stormwarn.com/ Public Phone Trees:  Public Phone Trees Types of Warning: Local Emergency Information Pros: Deliver message with 2-way communication Special Needs Options Available Cons: The further down the phone tree a recipient is, the more likely a message will be incorrect. Time required to make phone calls The possibility of someone not picking up and breaking the chain Reliant on working phone service Groups that could benefit from an emergency phone tree: Public Phone Trees:  Public Phone Trees Suggestion: Build a body system into the phone tree for redundancy Public Warning Sirens:  Public Warning Sirens Types of Warning: Local Emergency Information – with immediate danger to life or property Severe Weather – with immediate danger to life or property Pros: Sirens placed in hazard areas Most sirens can deliver voice message Messages can be prescripted or recorded at time of event Sirens use solar power and are connect by radio Sirens have back-up batteries Cons: Not audible throughout entire county Will not hear sirens if inside structure Siren is directional – if you can’t understand the message, wait 30 to 60 seconds for speaker to turn your way. Can only provide a short message Public Warning Sirens:  Public Warning Sirens Also: Eldorado Springs Erie Lafayette Longmont Louisville Lyons NOAA All-Hazard Radio:  NOAA All-Hazard Radio Types of Warning: Local, State and Federal Emergency Information Severe Weather Information Pros: Using SAME technology, location specific warnings can be heard. Using SAME technology, a receiver will activate when a warning is issued Receivers can be setup to receive only certain kinds of warning Special Needs Options Available Cons: Reliant on adequate signal strength Reliant on radio set-up SAME technology divides warning to the county level only (currently) For more information: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/bou/awebphp/nwrnoaa.php http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/nwrrcvr.htm Delivery Methods that are not Currently Supported:  Delivery Methods that are not Currently Supported Cellular Phone Voice Emergency Call Back Voice over Internet Recommendations:  Recommendations Subscribe to a wireless email alerting system if you carry an alphanumeric pager, cellular phone or wireless PDA. Rely on the sirens only for outdoor warning. If you have an adequate signal, purchase an All-Hazard Alert Radio. After receiving a warning, turn to broadcast radio or television for details and follow-up information. Session Summary:  Session Summary Be prepared to care for yourself, your family and help your coworkers. Create personal, family, neighborhood and workplace preparedness plans. Select warning devices that work for you. Decide if you want further training. Decide if you want to volunteer before an emergency occurs. Questions?:  Questions? Thank You Symposium Web Links www.readybouldercounty.com www.co.boulder.co.us:  Symposium Web Links www.readybouldercounty.com www.co.boulder.co.us

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