Disaster Preparedness

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The National Sheriff’s Association and Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) have put together a project entitled “All Hazards Community Awareness and Partnerships Training” administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Its purpose is to show how to create collaborative partnerships between community members and public safety personnel who wish to better prepare for an all-hazards event and are interested in forming collaborative partnerships that strengthen the ability of their community to respond to a disaster.

The documents contained in this module are geared toward community leaders and citizens’ groups. Individuals such as teachers, senior citizens, faith community leaders, business people, first responders, membership organization representatives, etc. would also be included.

The documents are for informational purposes only and any organization wishing to pursue formal training should contact the Deputy Steve Ogline, F.C.P.P. of the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office at 941-747-3011, Ext 2586 or email him at Stephen.ogline@manateesheriff.com.

Table of Contents

Community Awareness and Partnerships Introduction

Community Awareness and Partnerships Forms

Community Awareness and Partnerships Bibliography

Community Awareness and Partnerships Acronyms

Community Awareness and Partnerships Additional Material

Community Awareness and Partnerships Quick Reference Guide

Module 1:    Awareness and Comprehensive Emergency Management

·    Examples of all-hazards events
·    Terms used in Comprehensive Emergency Management
·    Comprehensive Emergency Management system and what the system should do
·    Three basic common concepts used in Comprehensive Emergency Management
·    Four phases of the emergency management cycle

Module 2:    Mitigation and Preparedness

·    Examples of facts and information that should be reported to officials regarding possible hazardous conditions or suspicious activity in the community.
·    Hazard analysis process
·    Programs offered to prepare citizens to prevent, support or assist during a community crisis.
·    Family communications plan and record of emergency family information.
·    Why a family emergency plan is important and what is consists of
·    Components of emergency kits
·    Provisions necessary for special needs individuals
·    Factors in deciding to evacuate or to shelter-in-place
·    Formulation of initial plans necessary should the community need to receive and care for mass evacuees/casualties

Module 3:    Response

·    Steps that may be taken to respond to an emergency situation
·    Resources as determined by the National Incident Management System
·    Resources potentially available in the community
·    Knowledge, skills and abilities that the individual participant may possess and can offer in support of the response

Module 4:    Recovery

·    Factors related to the community’s recovery from a disaster
·    Services that faith-based organizations can provide during the recovery process
·    Relief resources provided by the Federal Government

Module 5:    Continuing the Community Building Process

·    Steps to building collaboration and partnerships
·    Steps to upgrade readiness and the readiness of families, local community and businesses