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      It affects all elements of society and government

• Severely restricts or overwhelms response resources,
  communications, transportation, and utilities.

• Leaves many individuals and neighborhoods cut off from outside
The First 72 hours
    Develop a Disaster Plan for Your Family
A disaster plan can mean the difference between LIFE and DEATH.
   For example:

•   How will you escape your home?
•   Where will you meet family members?
•   What route will you take out of your neighborhood if evacuation becomes
    necessary? Do you have an alternate route in case your route is blocked or
    otherwise impassable?
•   What will you take with you?
•   Where will you go?
•   What will you need to shelter in place? Do you have those items or enough
    of those items?
•   Homeowners/Renters Insurance?

Play the “What if?” game (what will I do if this happens?) for high risk hazards
   to the community.
    Develop a Disaster Plan for Your Family
Disaster supplies included in your handout are fairly complete, and you should
determine the supplies that you will need for evacuation, those that you will
need to shelter in place, and those that you will need for both.

•   Evacuation-only supplies - supplies that are required for evacuation and
    shelter in place should be stored where they can be accessed quickly in an
    evacuation situation.

•   Shelter-in-place-only supplies - should be stored in an accessible location
    with the home or workplace.
Water - (Keep at least one gallon of water available, or more if you are on medications
that require water or that increase thirst.)
Food - (Enough non-perishable food to sustain you for at least (3) three days->three
Kitchen Items
First Aid Supplies
Tools & Supplies
Sanitation Supplies
Clothing and Bedding
Flashlight with extra batteries
Battery-powered radio
House hold documents, contact numbers, and medications (Include usual non-
prescription medications that you take, including pain relievers, stomach remedies,
Special Items – Babies and Adults
        (Your kit should be adjusted based on your own personal needs.)
           Hurricane Preparedness
 May 24-30 Hurricane Awareness Week

 June 1
  ◦ Personal and business preparedness plans
  ◦ Review, Revise, Revisit, Restock

 June 1 through November 30
  ◦ Stay Aware
     TV and Radio news
 During an Event
  ◦ Work your plan
  ◦ Heed weather warnings and emergency management directions
         Hurricane Preparedness
              How to Plan
• What are the threats for your location ?
• Evacuating or not ?
• Supplies to last 3 to 5 days without power or
• Emergency lighting/radio
• Safeguards for home and property
• City and County Emergency Management
• - Preparedness links
              First Responder Hurricane
                   Planning Timeline
H-120: Saturday: Sept. 1st: 4:00 PM CDT.

H-96: Sunday: Sept. 2nd: 4:00 PM CDT.

H-72: Monday: Sept. 3rd. 4:00 PM CDT. (211 Registry Closed)

H-48: Tuesday: Sept. 4th. 4:00 PM CDT.

H-36: Wednesday: Sept. 5th. 4:00 AM CDT. (Special Needs
     Evacuation Complete, beginning of Contra-Flow for General
     Population Evacuation).

H-0: Thursday: Sept. 6th: 4:00 PM: (Arrival Tropical Storm Winds. All
     evacuations completed).
H – 120 Countdown
Evacuation Routes
                 Flow of Information & Resources
DDC can’t fill                                            Outgoing               County EOC    The MACC tries to
so it goes to                                             Resource                             fill all incoming
  the SOC                      Region can’t               Requests                             requests locally
                              Fill request so                                                  before asking for
                              it goes to the                                                   State Assistance
                 DDC                DDC

                                                   MACC                                City

                                  County can’t
                                Fill request so it                                     City
                               Goes to the MACC                                        EOC
                                                                Once the MACC
                                                  Affected      fills a resource
                                                 County EOC     request, it contacts
   Initial             City
  Resource                                                      the requesting
                       EOC               City can’t
  Request                                                       county/city to give
                                    Fill request so it          them an update of
                                    Goes to county
      ICP                                                       the status
Need help and do not know where to go? 2-1-1 Texas helps you find
information on services in your area providing:

•   Food                                        Shelter
•   Rent assistance                             Utility bill assistance
•   Counseling                                  Child care
•   After-school programs                       Senior services
•   Disaster relief                             and other programs in your area

•   Local Information and Referral
    Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the year. Information can be provided in over
    90 different languages.

    If you are calling from outside of Texas, or have technical difficulties when dialing 2-1-1 from your
    cell/mobile, voice-over-IP, or office location phone, please dial the toll free alternate access
    number at 1-877-541-7905.
211 Special Transportation Registry
• Until H – 72 hours, 2-1-1 Texas registers persons
  who need transportation assistance to evacuate.
  The registry is maintained by the University of
  Texas (UT) Center for Space Research.

• The UT Center for Space Research provides the
  information to local Emergency Management
  Officials, who follow-up with all registries.


     TYPES of Medical Special Needs Persons (MSNP)
                 Classification Criteria
•   0=   Persons who have no medical needs, but require transportation assistance for

•   1=   Persons dependent on others or in need of others for routine care (eating,
         walking, toileting, etc…) and children under 18 without adult supervision.

•   2=   Persons with physical or developmental disabilities such as blindness,
         significant hearing impairment, amputation, deaf/blind, and metal retardation.

•   3=   Persons requiring assistance with medical care administration, monitoring by
         nurse, dependant on equipment (including dialysis), assistance with
         medications, and mental health disorders.

•   4=   Persons outside and institutional facility care setting who require extensive
         medical oversight (i.e. IV chemotherapy, ventilator, life support equipment,
         hospital bed and total care, morbidly obese).

•   5=   Persons in institutional settings such as hospitals, long term care facilities,
         assisted living facilities, and state schools.
          Types of Calls Handled During
            Hurricanes Katrina & Rita

•   Evacuation Information
•   Shelter Information
•   Special Health Care Needs
•   Missing Persons
•   Federal, State Local Assistance
•   Reassurance and Rumor Control

NOTE: 2007 Hurricane Season (American Red Cross WILL NOT OPEN shelters if threat
  is imminent.)
The Need to be Ready

              In 95% of all emergencies,
 bystanders or victims themselves are the first to provide
                emergency assistance or
                    to perform a rescue

                Los Angeles Fire Department
              What YOU Can Do
• Be personally prepared.
• Learn about your school / workplace / community emergency
  response plans.
• Help form volunteer Citizen Corps Councils and start the
  programs in your community
• Partner with volunteer organizations, first responder and
  emergency management leadership, elected leadership, private
  sector and educational groups
• Help your neighbors and your community with public
  education, risk assessment, training, and volunteer
• Mentor others


Includes preparedness materials, information on programs
   and affiliates, and a listing of all Councils nationwide.

         Contact us at:
    Citizen Corps Councils
• First responder/emergency management
  (law, fire, EMS/EMT, public works)
• Volunteer community
• Elected officials
• Business leaders
• School systems representatives
• Transportation sector
• Media executives
• Minority and special needs representation
• Leadership from community sub-structure
     Citizen Corps Councils
• Build on community strengths to develop strategic plans for
  the whole community, including special needs groups
• Focus on public education, training, and volunteer
  opportunities for community and family safety
• Ensure citizens are connected to emergency alert systems
• Promote and oversee Citizen Corps programs
• Provide opportunities for special skills and interests
• Organize special projects/community events
• Capture smart practices and report accomplishments
Citizen Corps Councils
         Citizen Corps Mission
To have everyone in America participate
       in making themselves, our
  communities, and our nation safer

 We all have a role in hometown security
       a personal responsibility to be prepared;
 to get training in first aid and emergency skills; and
to volunteer to support local emergency responders,
         disaster relief, and community safety.
                      Office of Grants and Training

  Citizen Corps Council

     Citizen Preparedness ~ Training & Exercises ~ Volunteer Service

                           Federal Partner Programs

Are You Ready?                                                              Programs
                     State Citizen Corps Councils

                       Tribal / Local Citizen Corps Councils
                                 American Public

                                                  Citizen Corps Council
Citizen Corps Programs
Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) works to enhance the
capacity of state and local law enforcement to utilize volunteers

Neighborhood Watch/USAonWatch incorporates terrorism
awareness education into its existing crime prevention mission

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program
educates and trains citizens in basic disaster response skills

The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Program helps medical,
public health, and other volunteers offer their expertise

 Fire Corps promotes the use of citizen advocates to provide
 support to fire and rescue departments
  First Responders Per Capita
  1 firefighter for every 265 people
       1.1 million firefighters – 750,000 volunteer

 1 sworn officer for every 334 people
       436,000 sworn law enforcement personnel
        291,000 sworn sheriff’s office personnel

1 EMT/paramedic for every 325 people
        890,000 all levels of pre-hospital services:
        basic EMT, intermediate EMT, paramedic
   Journal of Emergency Medical Services (2004); National Fire Protection
   Association (2003); National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (2003)
TARGET                                            Community Preparedness
CAPABILITIES:                                     and Participation
ER (Firefighters, Sworn Officers,
EMT/Paramedics) < 1% US pop             ER

                                      Surge and
                                     Year Round



                     RISK-BASED                            Respond





 MAJOR HURRICANE                Team
               What does CERT teach?
•   Disaster Preparedness;
•   First Aid;
•   Fire Suppression;
•   Light Search & Rescue;
•   Disaster Psychology;
•   Disaster Medical Ops;
•   Cribbing

• Citizen Corps Volunteers DO NOT take the place of
  trained medical personnel or trained first responders.
                                        Disaster KIT
•   Flashlight with extra batteries

•   Battery-powered radio

•   Food (Enough non-perishable
    food to sustain you for at least
    one day->three meals.)

•   Water (Keep at least one gallon of
    water available, or more if you are
    on medications that require water
    or that increase thirst.)

•   Medications (Include usual non-
    prescription medications that you
    take, including pain relievers,
    stomach remedies, etc.)

•   First Aid Supplies

•   Tools and Supplies

•   Cash

•   Your kit should be adjusted based
    on your own personal needs.
                     Hurricane Dean Planning Efforts

McAllen Convention                                     August 2007
  Spreading the Message – Web sites
 can be linked to your Web sites
             Useful Websites
       Governor’s Division of Emergency Management (GDEM)

                        American Red Cross

          Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

                      National Ready Campaign

            Texas Citizen Corps & National Citizen Corps

The Capital of Texas Chapter of the Association of Contingency Planners

                Department of Information Resources

            Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council
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                                                      Elevation: 3
                                                       Feet MSL

Mother Nature Has You Covered
2009 RGV Hurricane Guide
               New in 2009 for all!
              •Editions for Rio Grande
                Valley, Coastal Bend,
                     Upper Coast

                •Partnership includes
                State DEM, NWS, non-
               profit publishing group,
                  Wal*Mart, Stripes

               •Advertising includes
               Citgo, local television,

                •English and Spanish

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