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  1. Volcano Preparedness Photo courtesy of Barb DeShong, April 2009 Public Health Nursing Practice on the Edge of the Ring of Fire Leslie Callaway, PHN & Patricia Little, PHN State of Alaska, DHSS, Division of Public HealthSection of Public Health Nursing

  2. Presentation Overview and Objectives Individual level • Personal and family plan for volcano preparedness Community level • Public health center internal volcano action plan and community preparedness Systemslevel • Borough, state, and federal preparedness partners and systems preparedness

  3. The Ring of Fire: South Central Alaska Alaska Volcano Observatory

  4. Click on the down arrow if you can’t see the response choices. Poll 1 Do you have a personal and family preparedness plan? Yes No

  5. PHN individual and family plan for volcano, tsunami, and earthquake Awareness of level of volcanic activity Promotion of individual volcano preparedness plans Individual level Photo: NASA image created by Jesse Allen


  6. Individual level Volcano Alert System Awareness of level of volcanic activity Alaska Volcano Observatory Weekly Update Friday, June 26, 2009 12:51 PM AKDT Redoubt Volcano 60°29'7" N 152°44'38" W Summit Elevation 10197 ft (3108 m) Current Aviation Color Code: Orange Current Volcano Alert Level: Watch Photo courtesy of Game McGimsey, April 30, 2009, AVO www.avo.alaska.edu/activity/avoreport.php

  7. Complete volcano preparedness check list Individual level Promotion of individual volcano preparedness plans Awareness of potential volcanic eruption Create a disaster plan Practice and maintain preparedness plan 4 2 3 1 2 3 1 4 www.hss.state.ak.us/prepared/volcanoes.htm

  8. Internal volcano, earthquake, and tsunami preparedness plan Staff health and safety Facility security and integrity Continuity of public health services Community level Photo courtesy of Game McGimsey, April 4, 2009, AVO Website

  9. Community outreach and education Agency support and preparedness Liaison for public information officer Community level Photo by Chris Waythomas, the Alaska Volcano Observatory, and the USGS

  10. Borough State Federal Systems level Photo courtesy of AVO Web site, May 5, 2009

  11. Systems level Borough Borough and Community Preparedness Partners • Kenai peninsula borough* • Kenai Peninsula borough Office of Emergency Management • Local emergency preparedness community • City governments Photo by T. Mill, US Geological survey 2/15/90 * www.borough.kenai.ak.us/emergency/default.htm

  12. Systems level State • Dept of Military & Veterans Affairs • Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management • State Emergency Coordination Center • Dept of Health & Social Services • Division of Public Health, • Section of Public Health Nursing • Section of Epidemiology, Section of Preparedness Alaska Volcano Observatory Alaska Tsunami Warning Center Red Cross of Alaska

  13. Systems level State State Preparedness Team State Emergency Coordination Center Public Health Preparedness Public Health Nursing

  14. Systems level State Epidemiology Volcanic ash exposure information Health Alert Network Health warnings Epi bulletins* * www.epi.hss.state.ak.us/bulletins/bltnidx.jsp

  15. Systems level State Public Health Nursing (PHN) Alaska Public Health Training Network* State resource for local preparedness partners PHN liaison with local ICS 24/7 PHN call out * www.chems.alaska.gov/phtn

  16. Systems level Federal National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration US Geological Survey Centers for Disease Control National Association of City and County Health Organizations Center for Risk Communication

  17. Systems Integration: Preparedness Partnerships Federal State Borough Community Public Health Nursing

  18. Preparedness Activities Exercises • Mitigation • Volcano • Earthquake • Tsunami

  19. Click on the down arrow if you can’t see the response choices. Poll 2 As the crow flies, what is the closest distance from your work to the nearest volcano? A Less than 30 miles B 30–100 miles C 100–200 miles D Over 200 miles

  20. Poll 3 How far do you have to live from a volcano before you need to start thinking about a public health preparedness response? A Less than 30 miles B 30–100 miles C 100–200 miles D Over 200 miles Click on the down arrow if you can’t see the response choices.

  21. Incident & unified command Early alert and warning systems Earthquakewarnings Tsunami warnings Ash cloud trajectory Travel advisories Photo courtesy of Barb DeShong, April 2009

  22. Continuity of Community Functions and Essential Services • Utilities and community resources • Oil and gas industry • Community cohesion • Recovery and cleanup • Public safety Photo courtesy of Barb DeShong, April 2009

  23. Questions Photo courtesy of Barb DeShong, April 2009