Monroe County Civil Preparedness Initiative
1. Create a family emergency plan
Your family may not be together when an emergency happens, so it is important to plan in advance: how you will contact one another; how you will get back together; and what you will do in different situations. You can download a family emergency plan template by visiting www.ready.gov/america/makeaplan/index.html
2. Put together an emergency supply kit
You may need to survive on your own after an emergency. This means having your own food, water and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least three days. Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone immediately. You could get help in hours, or it might take days. In addition, basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment, and telephones may be cut off for days, or even a week or longer. To find a complete checklist of the supplies your household may need in the event of an emergency, visit www.ready.gov/america/getakit/index.html
3. Be informed about the different types of emergencies that can happen in your area and their appropriate responses.
Learn about the hazards that may strike your community, the risks you face from these hazards and your community’s plans for warning and evacuation. You can obtain this information by visiting www.ready.gov/america/beinformed/index.html
4. Get involved in emergency preparedness
Visit www.CitizenCorps.gov to find local Citizen Corps organizations like: USAonWatch (Neighborhood Watch) groups, Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT), Fire Corps programs, Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) programs, and Medical Reserve Corps (MRC). Ask them what you can do to prepare and train yourself and your community for disasters and how to get involved locally. You can also contact local chapters of the American Red Cross and National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster for local disaster preparedness and response service opportunities.
The above information was received by the following and has been edited to fit this web page.
Ralph Dutcher, Monroe County Civil Preparedness Initiative Coordinator
Department of Public Health, Monroe County
Office of Public Health Preparedness
Disaster Preparedness - What You Can Do Outside of the Home
The Village of Scottsville, Town of Wheatland, the Fire Districts of Scottsville and Mumford, and the Wheatland-Chili School District have been planning emergency responses for disasters and pandemics.
Volunteers are needed to assist in case there is a pandemic outbreak, such as the H1N1 virus, natural disasters, or other emergencies that could tie up personnel and cause disruption to "normal" day-to-day life. Lower-scale issues, such as an ice storm, could limit transportation and logistics around the surrounding areas for a number of days. During these periods, certain people (elderly and shut-ins, for example) may need to be checked on. We would like to have some volunteers available to make rounds to check on these people to be sure they have the necessities, such as food, heat, etc.
In the case of a pandemic, we may need people to assist the coordinators in traffic control, logistics of people, distribution of medicine, elder care, food, and other related concerns. Since we are looking at an around-the-clock scenario, we would need more volunteers to help make these functions successful. We have coordinators, directors, and the lines of communications and leadership set up. We are looking for people who could spell relief for several shifts throughout a disaster response.
These are just two examples of what we have been investing much time and effort planning, and we are presently not in an emergency situation. However, if we ever have to put a plan into practice, we could use many more people to make this as smooth as possible.
No Skills Necessary
Although citizens with special skills (i.e., nurse, doctor) are always a plus, we can use anyone that is willing to volunteer and help out the community. With a training session or two we can have you set up and ready to fulfill a specific task when and should the need arise.If you are interested in additional training, visit the Community Emergency Response Training & Service (CERT) web site.
Will you do your part?
Simply fill out the volunteer form and submit it to the Village Office. Someone will contact you so set up a date and time to discuss what we are looking for. Forms can also be obtained at the Village Office at 22 Main Street, Scottsville.
Your community thanks you for your help!