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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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