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MODULE EIGHT:. Emergency Preparedness. Info from www.osha.gov. Objectives:. Students will: Understand the importance of community preparedness. Understand how to work together as part of a team when responding to emergencies.

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MODULE EIGHT:

Emergency Preparedness

Info from www.osha.gov

objectives
Objectives:

Students will:

  • Understand the importance of community preparedness.
  • Understand how to work together as part of a team when responding to emergencies.
  • Understand how to develop an emergency plan for their family and home.
what is emergency preparedness
What is emergency preparedness?
  • Emergency preparedness is planning and actions undertaken in advance of a possible or probable natural or man-made disaster.
  • Plans for reconstruction, food storage, sanitation equipment storage, and conducting drills are usually part of an emergency preparedness plan.
what is a disaster
What is a disaster?

An unforeseen natural or man-made event that often comes on suddenly and that causes great damage, destruction and human suffering.

disasters that occur in the united states
Disasters that occur in the United States:
  • Earthquake
  • Home fires and wildfires
  • Flooding
  • Hurricane/tropical storm
  • Severe storm; ice/hail storms; windstorms
  • Tornado
  • Winter storm
  • Extreme heat
  • Hazardous spills
  • Nuclear power plant emergencies
  • Terrorism
  • Biological and chemical threats
  • Volcano
  • Epidemic/Pandemic Illness
who responds
Who responds?

First responders are usually:

  • Citizens bystanders
  • Firefighters, police officers, and EMS (Emergency Medical Services)

First receivers are usually:

  • Healthcare workers, hospital employees
  • HAZMAT, Safety officers and skilled volunteers
aftermath
Aftermath:
  • Buildings may have been damaged or weakened by the disaster, and may collapse without warning.
  • There may also be gas leaks or electrical short circuits.
aftermath1
Aftermath:
  • After a disaster, it’s important that people who live in the affected area:
    • Stay away from fallen or damaged electric wires.
    • Check food and water supplies before using them. Foods that require refrigeration may be spoiled if electric power has been off for some time.
    • Stay away from disaster areas. You could interfere with first aid or rescue work, and it may be dangerous, as well.
    • Don’t drive unless necessary.
    • Report hazards to local authorities.
    • Do not spread rumors.
    • Obtain food, clothing, medical care, or shelter at Red Cross stations or from local government authorities.
what can you do
What can you do?
  • Be informed about hazards that can affect you and your family.
  • Have a home emergency plan in place.
  • Collect and assemble a disaster supply kit.
  • Know the location of your local shelters.
  • Learn the warning systems in your community. For example, on TV or the radio or community website.
emergency drills
Emergency drills:
  • Help people practice and prepare for real emergencies.
  • Should be treated as if they were real.
summary
Summary:
  • Emergency preparedness involves planning and actions undertaken in advance of a possible or probable disaster.
  • Be informed about hazards that can affect you and your family.
  • Have a home emergency plan in place.
  • Preparedness begins at home
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