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Question of the Week: How does your community prepare for emergencies?

2009 September 14

Hurricanes, spring floods, and other incidents can all wreak havoc with our daily lives. For communities, preparing can range from marking evacuation routes to setting up public shelters to preparing for large amounts of debris. Either way, it pays to think ahead. September is National Preparedness Month.

How does your community prepare for emergencies?

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  1. maria beatrice permalink
    September 14, 2009

    Dear EPA, good morning, good work & special thanks for this question of week. In Italy from where I write, dear EPA, if I remember YOUR PREPARE, PLAN, STAY INFORMED, the Italian Government says that we “make the psycologic therrorism or catastrofism”, SOB! Here none prepares us to stay alive in the hard warm of the summer, nor to prepare to fight the FLU, nor to prepare to stay alive in the inondations or heartquake etc., nothing nothing nothing! But Italian people is always READY to make dietrologist back 9/11. This is a crazy country, my EPA-Friends. And I tell: STOP my fight on internet to diffuse YOUR mirable “READY PLAN”. I’ll remember all YOU with gratest my Gratitude & HOPE. Because if not USA, WHO can change in green the world? Ubi maior (YOU), minor ME cessat. Gopodbye with love my US-GREEN-FRIENDS. And always: special thanks & Good Speed to all YOU!:)

  2. Jackenson Durand permalink
    September 14, 2009

    Residents of the North are rarely hit by hurricanes, where they locate in the hemisphere.
    South community would better prepare because of NOAA technologic systems.
    In the Caribbean, we do not have this kind of Administration.
    My community would evacuate, as soon as officials concerning would ask them to do so.
    But we can always educate this community on a long term preparation for such season, which would be nature conservancy and forestation.

  3. Joe 4 Solar permalink
    September 14, 2009

    Very good questions. Do you have any directions to the EPA rules that handle these situations? My group (and I ) is very interesting in the subject but we would like to ask you (experts in law) to show in the simplest possible way (but not simpler!) to find point s of legal responsibilities if any negligence is noted. Thank you in advance.

  4. Jerome permalink
    September 14, 2009

    Canned food, Wood from Home Depot, Sand bags from the Beach, Candles (lots of them), Flashlights (the kind where you shake and generates energy), Lots of movies from FrogFlicks….. family and friends. :)


  5. Bob Bowen permalink
    September 15, 2009

    Living in earthquake country (Southern California near San Diego) and in a mobile home park, we are very concerned about disaster preparedness. Our Mobile home park has an emergency plan and a structured emergency response team. Discounting the possibility of personael injuries, one of our major concerns is trauma with the elderly. we have volunteers to just sit and hold hands with them.

    Our “park” has 2 HAM radio operators to keep us informed, 8 medical practioners including 4 nurses, 4 structural engineers as leaders of the “rescue” team, 4 walki-talki communications persons and 4 command center operations personnel.

    We constantly check our communications and medical supplied for “operational preparedness”. We have too many good operational proceedures within our plan to detail here but we are in contact with the City Emergency Response Team.

  6. Michael E. Bailey permalink
    September 15, 2009

    I am in Mission Viejo in southern California. We have a strong emergency response system. The City does an Emergency Preparedness Academy once a quarter or so for the citizens. We have a program called AlertMissionViejo which is part of AlertOC emrgency notifications and information on evacuationorders, evacuation centers, and routes by phone or TTY machine. There is also a registry kept at the senior center on frail elderly and disabled persons who wouyld need help in evacuating. In an emergency, all the city employees are subject to call out to deal with it. The City works closely with the Orange County Fire Authority, Orange County Sheriff’s Department and neighboring towns to create and practice disaster plans. We also are making sure our disabled community is part of the planning process and providing trainings on how to deal with an emergency and how to prepare an emergency kit. We are doing a number of things for emergency response and more can and will be done. Best wishes, Michael E. Bailey.

  7. ChaseR permalink
    September 15, 2009

    Dear Michael E. Bailey,

    Please look at the Greening History article/blog in Greenversations.


  8. Druz permalink
    September 16, 2009

    Living in Florida, disaster preparedness is exclusively focused on reaction, not proaction. We have our evacuation and shelter plans, our awareness programs, and our response teams well established.

    But most Floridians have never experienced a real hurricane, and they are sadly complacent.

    We have lulled ourselves into the “it won’t happen here” philosophy. Coastal construction remains unchecked and flood ways continue to be filled for new development.

    The clock is ticking….

  9. ALAN permalink
    November 24, 2009

    I’m going to drive a huge f-350 deisel pick-up cross country. just to be there 1 day then take my time to come back and stop and go in every state and drive around to see all the sites, and on black friday ill drive to every store in a 20 mile radius.

  10. ALAN permalink
    November 24, 2009

    i get 5 miles to the gallon!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Dave permalink
    November 25, 2009

    I’m doing the same thing in an f-450 diesel powerstroke. How American!!

  12. emregenc permalink
    January 22, 2010

    Very good questions.y community would evacuate, as soon as officials concerning would ask them to do so.

  13. Dianna Miller permalink
    February 12, 2013

    I just wanted to say thanks to the EPA, because they helped me and everyone our mobile home park in pahrump nevada. Without their help we wouldn’t be able to live here.

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