Diocese of Davenport. Disaster Planning. May 2009. Diocesan Support Day. 8:30 Registration 9:00 Welcome and Prayer 9:15 Introduction to Disaster Planning 9:30 The Floods of 2008 - Glenn Leach, Office of Social Action, Diocese of Davenport
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9:00 Welcome and Prayer
9:15 Introduction to Disaster Planning
9:30 The Floods of 2008 - Glenn Leach,
Office of Social Action, Diocese of Davenport
10:00 General Disaster Planning – part 1
10:45 The Tornado of 2006: St. Patrick Church,
– Deacon Jerry Miller
11:15 General Disaster Planning – part 2
11:45 Lunch (provided)
12:30 Demonstrations: disaster kits, Automatic External Defibrillators (AED),
Red Cross First Aid Training Information
1:00 The Fire of 1997: Our Lady of Guadalupe,– Terry Eagle, Muscatine Fire Fighter, (Ret.)
1:45 General Disaster Planning – part 3
2:30 Questions and Answers / Discussion
Davenport – 1993
Iowa City –2008
Hwy 1 –2008
Flash flood = a flood that occurs within six hours of a rain event, or after a dam or levee failure, or following a sudden release of water held by ice or debris jams.
Flash flood watch issued when heavy rains may cause sudden flash flooding in specified areas are occurring or expected to occur. A flash flood often occurs without any visible sign of rainfall.
Flash flood warning means flash flooding is occurring or is imminent along certain streams and designated areas. Move to high ground immediately.
Flood Hazard Zones
Common Disaster Planning Elements
Planning for People, Parishes and Plant
Planning for Specific Natural Disasters
Planning for Specific Unnatural Disasters (human made)
Where to Go For Help
Where to Go To Help
Disasters fall into one of two broad categories of disasters, natural and unnatural. Within these categories there is a general range that defines the scope of a disaster according to the area affected:
Mitigation – Taking steps before a disaster occurs to minimize the effects
Preparedness - Planning how to respond
Response - Minimize the hazards created by a disaster
Recovery - Returning the community to normal
ICS was developed in the 1970s in response to a series of major wildland fires in southern California. City, county, State, and Federal fire authorities collaborated to form the Firefighting Resources of California Organized for Potential Emergencies (FIRESCOPE).
FIRESCOPE identified several recurring problems involving multiagency responses, such as:· Nonstandard terminology among responding agencies.· Lack of capability to expand and contract as required by the situation.· Nonstandard and nonintegrated communications.· Lack of consolidated action plans.· Lack of designated facilities.
People are assigned specific roles in an emergency:
Incident Commander: Sets the incident objectives, strategies, and priorities and has overall responsibility at the incident or event.
Public Information Officer: Provides information to parishioners, parents, staff and the public, including the media or other organizations seeking information directly from the incident or event.
Safety Officer: Monitors safety conditions and develops measures for assuring the safety of all assigned personnel.
Liaison Officer: Primary contact for supporting agencies assisting at an incident.
Operations Chief: Conducts the operations to carry out the plan. Develops the tactical objectives and directs all resources. This includes care to the individuals present during a crisis.
Planning Chief: Prepares and documents the plan to accomplish objectives; collects and evaluates information, maintains resource status, and maintains documentation for incident records.
Logistics Chief: Provides support, resources, and all other services needed to meet the operational objectives such as food, water, bathroom facilities and transportation.
Finance/Administration Chief: Monitors costs related to the incident, provides accounting, procurement, and time recording.
The Incident Command System for a Parish (only 1 of many)
Incident Commander: Pastor
Public Information Officer: Parish Council President
Safety Officer: Parish Nurse
Liaison Officer: Youth Minister
Operations Chief: DRE
Planning Chief: Liturgist
Logistics Chief: Maintenance
Finance / Administration Chief: Bookkeeper
Note: At least one alternate should be identified to perform the essential functions of each position.
Tornado = a violently rotating column of air extending from a thunderstorm to the ground.
Tornadoes may accompany severe thunderstorms, and while they can strike at any time of the year, they occur most frequently during April, May and June.
In an average year, 800 tornadoes are reported nationwide, resulting in 80 deaths and over 1,500 injuries.
The most violent tornadoes are capable of tremendous destruction with wind speeds of 250 mph or more. Damage paths can be in excess of one mile wide and 50 miles long.
National Weather Storm Spotter Training
A Tornado Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for tornados to develop. Often tornado watches are issued during severe thunderstorms. This does not mean that a tornado will occur, only that it is possible.
A Tornado Warning means that a tornado or funnel cloud has been spotted on the ground.
Incident Command System
Are You Ready? - FEMA
Working toward CERT teams in the parishes
CERT = Community Emergency Response Team
Following a major disaster, first responders who provide fire and medical services will not be able to meet the demand
Factors as number of victims, communication failures, and road blockages will prevent people from accessing emergency services
People will have to rely on each other for help
in order to meet their immediate life saving and life sustaining needs.
Are You Ready? - FEMA
Began in 1985, now a nationwide program with connection to
FEMA - Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and
EMI - Emergency Management Institute
New curriculum this year; waiting for release to begin CERT training
But we aren’t going to wait!
Red Cross Training – Wed May 20: First Aid, CPR, AED training
Are You Ready? - FEMA
Our Lady of Guadalupe - 1997
Major Causes of Fire
Southern Illinois –
Southern Illinois –
Scrolling messages on local TV stations
Sign up to receive
e-mail and cell phone text messages.
The Muscatine Journal uses the Quad-City Times program.
Cedar Rapids Gazette takes it further to include weather, news, even sports.
Be aware of limitations
NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards (NWR) is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information directly from the nearest National Weather Service office. NWR broadcasts official Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
NWR is an "All Hazards" radio network, broadcasting warning and post-event information for all types of hazards – including natural (such as earthquakes or avalanches), environmental (such as chemical releases or oil spills),
and public safety (such as AMBER alerts or
911 Telephone outages).
Whether you listen to the live streaming audio or download the static audio files, please remember that you should NOT rely on this Internet audio to receive watches or warnings. Instead, you should have a dedicated NOAA Weather Radio receiver which will alert you 24 hours a day to hazards in your area.
Usually based on National Weather Service reports and spotter reports.
Usually initiated by the city/county dispatcher using radio remote control.
Alerts are usually announced using set protocols to reduce delays.
4 Steps: Committee
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Most cell phone companies allow sending e-mail messages as text messages.
Add the 10 digit cell phone number to the carrier’s address.
Usually limited to 140 characters and spaces per message.