May, 2012

COMMUNITY PREPAREDNESS WEBINAR SERIES

Community Preparedness Webinar Series

National Preparedness Month 2012

Tuesday, June 5th, 3:00 PM ET/Noon PT

Dear State and Local Partners,

Please JOIN US on June 5th for the official launch webinar for National Preparedness Month 2012 this September. National Preparedness Month has grown every year, and with your help, this will be our most successful and coordinated effort to date!

The theme for this year’s National Preparedness Month is Pledge to PrepareDON’T MISS this great opportunity to learn about the number of easy ways that you, your organization, or your business or place of work can fulfill the pledge and become better prepared for disasters this year:

 

  • Free Publicity: Thousands of people visit this site. Having your events and training and education activities in one place makes it so much easier, not just for us and the public, but also leadership and the media, to learn about the great work that you’re doing. Please post any upcoming events and learning opportunities on the site’s events calendar. Your events will be placed on a Google map and the public will be able to search for events by zip code.
  • Connect with Current and New PartnersThe discussion boards are a great way to meet new partners and to exchange information with the stakeholders you already work with. Please introduce yourself so that the public and other participants know who you are!
  • Event Ideas and Resources: Get access to new ideas on how you and your community can get involved and plan events in your community to raise awareness about emergency preparedness and help people learn to protect their homes and families from all hazards

Details for the kick-off webinar are below.  We look forward to working with you to make the nation more prepared.

Sincerely,

Darryl Madden, Director, the Ready Campaign
Paulette Aniskoff, Director, FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Division

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 WEBINAR DETAILS:

 Presenters for this webinar will include representatives from organizations including:

  •  FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Division
  • The Ready Campaign
  • Arizona Division of Emergency Management
  • New York City Office of Emergency Management and Citizen Corps

DATE: Tuesday, June 5, 2012

TIME: 3:00 PM ET/Noon PT

Please note that we will be opening the webinar meeting room beginning at 2:30 p.m. EDT in anticipation of a large volume of participants. Please feel free to join the webinar at this time, while understanding that the official event will still begin at 3 p.m. EDT.  

If you have not participated in a previous HSIN webinar and need to register, please click here in order to view this webinar.

If you have participated in a previous HSIN webinar and already have a username and password on the HSIN system, please log-in here in order to view this webinar.

How to view our webinars

The Community Preparedness Webinar Series is conducted via DHS’s HSIN Connect system. Audio for this webinar will be broadcast within HSIN Connect and will play through your computer speakers; there will not be a concurrent, phone-based teleconference. Questions and answers will be moderated via text-based chat inside the webinar. In addition, please ensure your computer’s speakers are working prior to the webinar. If for any reason you have trouble accessing the system, please send an email tocitizencorps@dhs.gov.

This webinar will last approximately one hour. In addition to airing live, the webinar will be recorded and viewable at a later date and linked from this web page. The live webinar will offer Closed Captioning and a transcript of the webinar will be posted with the recorded version of the webinar.

If you have not participated in a previous HSIN webinar and need to register, please click here.

If you have participated in a previous HSIN webinar and already have a username and password on the HSIN system, please log-in here.

WE LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR PARTICIPATION!

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Cómo Desinfectar el Agua – Beba Agua que Sea Segura

 

Después de un desastre natural, es posible que el agua no sea apta para el consumo.

Escuche los anuncios de las autoridades locales para saber si puede utilizar el agua.

Con un poco de cloro se puede hacer que el agua se pueda utilizar en forma segura.

Si el agua de la llave es clara:

1. Utilice cloro que no tenga otros olores (como limón).

2. Agregue 1/8 de cucharadita (8 gotas o unos 0.75 mililitros) de cloro

líquido de uso doméstico en 1 galón (16 tazas) de agua.

3. Mezcle bien y espere 30 minutos o más antes de beber el agua.

Si el agua de la llave es turbia:

1. Utilice cloro que no tenga otros olores (como limón).

2. Agregue 1/4 de cucharadita (16 gotas o 1.5 mililitros) de cloro líquido de

uso doméstico en 1 galón (16 tazas) de agua.

3. Mezcle bien y espere 30 minutos o más antes de beber el agua.

Recuerde que puede ser necesario desinfectar los recipientes antes de utilizarlos para guardar el agua limpia:

1. Utilice cloro que no tenga otros olores (como limón).

2. Agregue 1 cucharadita (64 gotas o 5 mililitros) de cloro líquido de uso doméstico en 1 cuarto de galón (32 onzas, 4 tazas o alrededor de 1 litro) de agua.

3. Vierta esta solución en un recipiente limpio para almacenar y agite bien para asegurarse de que el líquido cubra todo el interior del recipiente.

4. Deje reposar al menos 30 segundos y luego vacíe el recipiente. 5. Deje secar al aire O enjuague con agua clara que ya ha sido desinfectada,

si la hay.

■ Nunca mezcle cloro con amoníaco ni con otros productos de limpieza.

■ Cuando utilice cloro, abra puertas y ventanas para que el lugar se ventile.

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Después de un desastre natural, es posible que el agua no esté apta para utilizarse ni para consumirse. Puede ser que contenga gérmenes y sustancias químicas.

Escuche los anuncios de las autoridades locales para saber si puede utilizar el agua.

Escuche los anuncios de las autoridades locales para saber qué hacer. Las autori- dades le dirán si el agua está contaminada con gérmenes o sustancias químicas.

Hierva el agua cuando se lo indiquen. Déjela hervir al menos 1 minuto (comience a contar cuando el agua alcance un hervor constante). Espere lo suficiente para que se enfríe antes de beberla. Hervir el agua mata los gérmenes.

Use agua embotellada cuando se lo indiquen. En algunas ocasiones después de un desastre natural, es posible que haya sustancias químicas que no se puedan eliminar al hervir el agua.

Amamántelo o utilice una fórmula preparada.

Si necesita agua para preparar la fórmula, utilice solo agua embotellada comercial hasta que las autoridades le indiquen que el agua de la llave se puede consumir.

Cosas que debe hacer

Cómo alimentar a su bebé

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Cosas que nunca debe hacer

Nunca tome agua si no sabe si es apta para el consumo. • Nunca lave platos, utensilios para comer, juguetes ni otros objetos si no sabe si

el agua utilizada es apta para el consumo.

Nunca se bañe si no sabe si el agua utilizada es apta para el consumo.

Nunca cocine con agua si no sabe si es apta para el consumo.

Nunca se lave los dientes con agua si no sabe si el agua utilizada es apta para el consumo.

Nunca haga hielo con agua si no sabe si el agua utilizada es apta para el consumo.

 

Para obtener más información sobre el agua que se puede consumir después de un desastre natural, visite http://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/emergency/safe_water/personal.html

 

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Water Storage Containers

Plastic jugs are frequently used for water storage. These containers are light weight and fairly sturdy. There are many types of plastic containers manufactured. Generally polyethylene type plastics are safe for storing water. Some, however, are not recommended for food storage because harmful chemicals could leach into the food. Most plastics used in waterbeds are not approved food storage plastics. Plastic containers which have previously been used for food storage or which are being advertised as food storage products will be safe. Plastic jugs with secure lids, which have contained milk or other edible substances are safe for water storage, however, it is essential that the milk bottles be very thoroughly washed to remove the fat traces. Some light-weight gallon containers might split at the seams and leak. Chlorine bleach bottles may be a food approved plastic, but contain an anti-static agent which prevents accumulation of dust during storage and are thus not recommended. Since plastic is permeable to certain vapors, water stored in plastic should not be near gasoline, kerosene, pesticides, or similar substances. It is advisable to store plastic water containers away from direct sunlight.

Check out our selection on this page or on Facebook. Call us and let us help you get it right the first time.

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Emergency Preparedness Resources

There are a handful of websites that will act as resources to help you get back on your feet after a disaster. Spend some time reviewing the readily available resources for your business. Some of these sites translate to homes/families emergency preparedness needs as well.

READY.gov

Ready.gov has a variety of publications for download covering various topics about planning and preparation for disasters and emergencies.

http://www.ready.gov

 

Federal Emergency Management Agency

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s mission is to support citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

http://www.fema.gov/plan/index.shtm

 

The Business Civic Leadership Center

The Disaster Response and Recovery Program of the BCLC, a nonprofit affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, helps businesses communicate and collaborate with each other and with the nonprofit and government sectors to make disaster relief, recovery, and reconstruction activities more effective. The BCLC also has a help desk designed to enhance community economic recovery after disaster. They can be reached at 888-MY BIZ HELP / 888-692-4943

http://bclc.uschamber.com/program/disaster

 

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

NIOSH includes a page of publications dedicated to emergency preparedness and response as one of its workplace safety and health topics.

http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/emergency.html

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Emergency Preparedness: Businesses Need a Plan Too!

People think disasters happen to somebody else.  Truth is, all companies should plan for anything that might disrupt their day-to-day routine. It does not have to be a major event like a tornado or fire or flood. It’s anything that keeps businesses from operating.

When polling businesses about disaster plans, more than two thirds responded they did not have an emergency plan for their business. The Insurance Information Institute estimates nearly half of companies never reopen following a major catastrophic event that disrupts business for any significant length of time. Do you see a correlation?

It does not take much to create a plan. Creating a team and prioritizing what is critical for the business is a great place to start. Remember the saying, “It takes a village”? No one person can know everything about the facility, the supply chain, the personnel, the customers, or the company. After your “emergency preparedness team” determines what is critical for the business to survive, a plan can be put into place such as an alternative location.

Next, there is key information, critical to your business that needs to be kept safe. Contact information (personnel, vendors/suppliers, and key contacts with your largest customers), financials, and even back-up options for vendors and suppliers (should they be shut down for some reason). Whether the information is stored in a “cloud”, an off-site storage facility, or off-site server, it is important it be in a place where it cannot be destroyed or damaged.

This plan/document is a living, breathing document and it is important for the team to have on-going conversations concerning strategies to help the company recover from any disaster.

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