During National Preparedness Month, we hope you took the opportunity to prepare for possible disaster events in your community and region. If your region is susceptible to earthquakes – and most regions are – now is the time to put your plans to the test! You are invited to join in the Great ShakeOut, an annual event that promotes earthquake preparedness and organizes the “world’s biggest earthquake drill.” At 10:16 am on October 16, participants will “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” for at least one minute. FEMA encourages schools, childcare facilities, families, colleges, local, state, and federal government offices, tribal organizations, businesses, hotels, healthcare facilities, museums, libraries, other cultural institutions, and all individuals to participate. As of October 3, over 23,049,339 participants have registered. Promote earthquake preparedness in organizations and communities you are a part of by joining in.
Many resources are available to help you plan your participation and share valuable information about what to do in the event of an earthquake. If you choose to lead a drill, the Great ShakeOut provides manuals and tips for many different scenarios. If you are looking for information to share on what to do during and before an earthquake, FEMA has created a short video, “When The Earth Shakes,” which provides key information in an accessible format. For more information, see previous posts about earthquake preparedness and mitigation, and increase your knowledge about the risk of earthquakes in your region.
Thousands of Coloradans have been displaced and more are being encouraged to evacuate as the threat of flash floods and mudslides continue. When the flooding abates, residents will begin the daunting task of sorting through the wreckage. Treasured family heirlooms and keepsakes will likely have been damaged by the floodwater, but these mementos may be salvageable. For tips on dealing with water damaged objects, see our press release on Saving Family Treasures CO Flooding. For additional resources that may assist your institution or constituents following a flood, visit http://www.heritagepreservation.org/PROGRAMS/flood.html.
If you live in one of the six New England states or New York, New Jersey, or Pennsylvania, mark your calendars! Join millions of people who will Drop, Cover, and Hold On at 10:17 a.m. on October 17. The Great NorthEast ShakeOut, a regional opportunity to practice how to be safer during big earthquakes, is organized to encourage you, your community, and your organization to review and update emergency preparedness plans and supplies and to secure your space in order to prevent damage and injuries.
The website has a wealth of resources and planning documents, including a ShakeOut Drill Manual for non-profits and other organizations. Participate and prepare! And then share your drill stories and photos on the State Heritage Emergency Partnership blog.
More than 3,000 organizations are supporting emergency preparedness efforts and encouraging all Americans to get involved. To find suggestions for activities and events that your organization can use to promote and take part in National Preparedness Month (NPM), check out the 2013 NPM Toolkit. To access the Toolkit, you must become a member of the National Preparedness Coalition.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has created the National Preparedness Coalition, which allows individuals and organizations to participate in emergency preparedness awareness throughout the year. Coalition members have access to exclusive resources and the ability to collaborate with thousands of fellow members across the country. The Heritage Emergency National Task Force has joined the National Preparedness Coalition and urges other institutions to do the same. Join the Coalition and “Pledge To Prepare.”