When is an emergency disaster plan needed?
Disasters, by definition, are events that overwhelm police, fire, and medical 911 emergency responders.
Deer Run emergency preparedness plan
• The Deer Run Board voted to develop a “2-Week Deer Run Emergency Plan” using the FEMA-endorsed “Map Your Neighborhood” (MYN). MYN is a 10-step Neighborhood Response Plan that immediately helps us know what to do — both at home and in the neighborhood — to respond to injuries, leaking natural gas, and assisting neighbors in need. The process is proven, fun and easy.
• A Deer Run neighbor volunteered to act as Coordinator, and Deer Run was divided into 10 sections.
• Each Section relies on a trained volunteer Captain to help organize and update the Section Plan. Let us know if you wish to be considered as a volunteer Captain to help:
* Share information ie: gas turnoff, youth, seniors, skills, etc.
* Determine a Gathering Site & a Care Center
• Families need to periodically review their MYN Plan and build their 2-Week Emergency Bag
10 steps to take before a disaster
1. Have your Deer Run Map Your Neighborhood (MYN) Plan completed with your Section Captain. Don’t know who your Captain is? Contact the DRCO Coordinator by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Review your Section MYN PLAN with your entire family.
Find your water turn off valve for the entire house! It is NOT the water turn-off valve that shuts off only your outside pipes.
3. Gather/Purchase & Store items each week to be prepared for at least 2 weeks.
Our local fire & police departments and local military will also be affected by the disaster and will be evaluating and working with specific large-scale concerns and then evaluate how to assist neighborhoods. After the Map and Legend, you will find helpful details for items you should seriously consider for your Emergency Kits.
4. In Your Home
• Retrofit/Bolt down/Anchor your house (for houses built before 1975; not Deer Run homes)
• Secure household contents
➢ Possessions can be very dangerous if they are loose to bounce around and crash during an earthquake.
➢ Connect large appliances to the house with restraining straps
➢ Tall furniture needs to be restrained with straps so people are not injured when they fall (and contents are also damaged)
➢ Secure TV and small appliances (in cupboards with latches?)
➢ Secure art, collectibles on walls with special adhesive putty or quake-resistant hangers
• Protect Window Glass- injuries from flying and falling glass. Consider safety film for windows
• Strap your water heater for you need that water as part of your supply
• Because of the age of most hot water tanks in Deer Run homes, it is most feasible that the valve will be an easy break. Check it out BEFORE an emergency!
• Consider automatic Gas Shut-off Valve
5. Choose a friend or relative out-of-state that the family can use as an emergency contact. Every family member should carry a card with this contact information. (Who remembers numbers in an emergency?)
6. Get First Aid/CPR training– Poulsbo Fire Department, at your work place, etc.
7. Check out “Make Water Safe” webpage at this link provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Or you can download and print a one-page guide with tips on how to Make Water Safe at this link.
8. Needed Items Under Your Bed
• Completed Disaster Plan –Map Your Neighborhood (MYN)
• For EACH Adult and older Child- leather gloves, sturdy shoes, hard hat/helmet
9. Vehicle Kit
• Card with Out-of-Area contact
• First aid kit
• Medicine for adults, kids, pets (dated for rotation)
• Water and nutrition bars (dated for rotation)
• Flashlight & batteries
• Leather gloves
• Moist towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties for personal sanitation
• Car cell phone charger
• Blanket/foil “emergency blanket”
• Physical Map (cell towers might not be working)
• Face masks
10. At Work in a “grab and go” bag:
• Card with Out-of-Area contact
• Be prepared to shelter at work for at least 24 hours.
• Food, water, and other necessities like medicines
• Comfortable walking shoes
• Face mask
Section map of Deer Run households (MYN)
Refer to Map Legend below to identify which Section (A through J) your household is assigned to in the event a disaster should occur. To open and download a high resolution “printable” PDF file of the map and legend, click on this link.
Household emergency kit & prep guide
• Which person has attended a First Aid/CPR class?
• Each adult and older child has items under bed (hard hat/helmet, sturdy shoes, leather gloves)
• One adult has Family MYN Plan under the bed
• FOLLOW the Plan!
➢ Zip-Lock Bags: Keep your items dry and organized
➢ Strong, Large Container with lid
➢ Permanent marking pen to date food and water for rotation
➢ “Go Kit” –prescription medicine, important papers, spare eye glasses, battery-powered radio, small first aid kit. Needs to be easy to retrieve if/when you need to leave your home and cannot return or extended time
This list is long and could become overwhelming. As you take small steps to complete an Emergency Kit for your home, for your car(s), and for work (if not your home), please remember that clean medicine bottles are great to hold many small items. Click on this link to view “20 Uses for Prescription Pill Bottles.”
➢ (1,000 Cal Per Person, Per-Day for 14 Days)
➢ Reminder: Remember allergies
➢ MRE rations: Long shelf life, no refrigeration
➢ Dry fruit, nuts, trail mix
➢ Cook-in-pouch meals: Requires camp stove, BBQ, extra fuel
➢ Canned Food: Heavy and less efficient, but better than nothing
➢ Hand-operated can opener
➢ Comfort food- it’s two weeks!
➢ Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels, and plastic utensils
➢ Specific food for babies, toddlers, restricted diets
➢ (1 Gal Per Person, Per-Day for 14 Days)
➢ Bagged Water dated, rotate as needed” Clean and sealed‒good for 5+ years
➢ Water Purification Tablets: The key to water self-sufficiency
➢ Water Carrier: Necessary to store purified water
➢ Household bleach with NO scent: Use to purify water
➢ Water Filtration Bottle
The most convenient way to be self-sufficient
Light + Communication
➢ Hand Crank Flashlight /Radio / Phone Charger
➢ Solar Panel: Keeps electronics charged when power is out
➢ 2 Flashlights + lots of batteries
➢ Candles -No power, no light
➢ Glow Sticks -Very helpful for signaling
➢ Whistle -Call for help/get someone’s attention
➢ Matches in waterproof container
First Aid + Hygiene
➢ Prescription Medication: Pharmacy won’t be open, so pack enough for each person. Rotate in & out.
➢ First-Aid Kit: Big enough to matter
➢ Pain reliever and laxative
➢ Contact lens supplies- dated & rotate
➢ Spare set(s) of eye glasses
➢ Toothbrush for each person// Toothpaste
Hygiene is super important after an emergency:
➢ Soap / Wash Cloth
➢ Large and small towels
➢ Bucket as portable toilet
➢ Los of large black bags for waste
➢ Shampoo / Conditioner: After 1st week, you’ll appreciate it
➢ Feminine Hygiene: Often overlooked, but very important
➢ Baby diapers, if needed
➢ Pocket Tissues / Lots of Toilet Paper
➢ Waste Bags -Improper waste disposal means disease/infection
➢ Hand Sanitizer
➢ Disinfectant wipes
➢ Extra water for pets
➢ Dishes for food and water
➢ Medicine -dated and rotated
➢ Leash or carrier
➢ Extra set of ID tags
Shelter + Warmth
➢ One Poncho per person – Staying dry is fundamental
➢ Mylar Sleeping Bag / Blanket: Help retain 90% of body heat, but super light
➢ Hand/Body Warmers A warm kickstart on cold nights outside
➢ Set of warm clothes for each person
➢ Emergency Contact Form ** How many numbers do you know by heart?
➢ Numbers! Numbers! Numbers! ** Collect numbers for bank accounts, credit cards, insurance policies
➢ Insurance Records ** You’ll need evidence in the aftermath
➢ Bank Records ** If banks aren’t accessible, you’ll want proof
➢ Official papers for each person ** stored in water-proof bags
Tools + Safety
➢ N95 Dust Mask: Earthquakes release asbestos and alkaline dust
➢ Safety Goggles: Necessary for safely cleaning up rubble + debris
➢ Heavy cotton or hemp one-half inch rope: Build shelters, clotheslines, or securing items
➢ Swiss Army Knife / Multi-tool: Be ready for everything and anything
➢ Utility knife and ax
➢ Sewing Kit: Fix torn clothing or stitching a wound
➢ Leather Palm Gloves: A must for cleaning up rubble + debris
➢ Duct tape
➢ Plastic tape, sheeting
➢ Cash -ATMs will not be working: Cash is king in an emergency. Pack small bills.
➢ Playing Cards, Board Games, Puzzles; Baby toys; pet toys/leash
➢ Note Pad / Pencil: Leave a note or keep track of days
➢ Gas-Shutoff Tool: Avoid broken gas lines + fire damage
➢ Pry Bar: You’ll need leverage to move large debris
➢ Hatchet: Cut firewood or break through debris
➢ Fire Flint Starter: Fire is the base of survival. Matches run out.
➢ Fire Extinguisher: Fire damage is the most likely danger
➢ Compact Shovel /Saw: Super lightweight
➢ Dry Bag: Seal up your supplies to keep them dry
➢ Tarp -Build shelter inside damage home or outside to stay dry and warm
First Aid Kit ideas
➢ Anti-itch ointment
➢ Rubber gloves
➢ Antiseptic wipes
➢ Gauze + tape
➢ 3 different sizes Band-aids
➢ Pepto tablets
➢ First aid guide
➢ Emergency Medical Card. Click on image shown below to download a printable version. Place this form on the front of your refrigerator with a copy in your purse and/or wallet. A copy should also be kept with the Home Emergency Kit as well as the Vehicle and Office emergency kits. First responders suggest placing this form inside a pill bottle and attach to the INSIDE of the refrigerator (rather than displaying for everyone to read).
Want to Learn More? Check Out FEMA’s How to Prepare For an Earthquake