Lake Summerhaven Association Emergency Preparedness
March 29, 2008 Slide Show
Before a Disaster Strikes
March 29, 2008
On March 29, 2008, Linda Botts, Coordinator of the Southeast
Wisconsin Citizen Corps, and Laurl Borst from the Red Cross
presented a slide show overview of emergency preparedness. Below are
the main points covered in the slide show:
Southeast Wisconsin Citizen Corps
Council & the American Red Cross: Preparing Makes Sense - Get
Keeping yourself, your family, and your community safe. This is
about what YOU can do. In the case of a widespread disaster, there
may not be someone available to come and help.
What do you need to know?
- Hazards in our community
- How to mitigate and prepare
- What the county is doing to prepare
- Ways you can become involved
Hazards in Kenosha County...
Natural weather events:
- Winter storms/ice storms
- Extreme temperatures
- Straight line winds
- Power outage
- Public health issues
- Chemical spills
How will you be notified?
Depending on the emergency, you may be notified in different ways:
- Outdoor warning sirens
These are only for tornadoes and are meant to be heard only
outdoors. The second sounding of a siren is NOT an "all clear".
Sirens can be struck by lightning or suffer other damage that
makes them inoperable.
- Local broadcast media
- NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio (162.450)
A NOAA radio is the best way to be notified. Storm watches can
go on for hours and then turn to warnings.
- Internet and Alerts
Your computer needs electricity. If the power is out for a long
time, you may not get the warning.
- CodeRED Emergency Notification System
Kenosha County may call you for a serious local event, e.g., a
chemical spill in your neighborhood.
How to prepare...
Know your response options:
- Trim trees, bushes
- Check gutters, drainpipe extensions
- Do positive landscaping
- Clean up debris in yard/neighborhood
In high winds, items in your yard become missiles.
- Move water heaters and other appliances up off the floor
- Bolt large, heavy furniture (like bookcases) to wall studs (to
prevent items falling on you)
- Clean and test your smoke detector(s) regularly
They have just a 10-year life span.
The only two options you have are to:
- Shelter in place
- Personal/family emergency plan
You have to formulate a plan and make sure everyone knows it.
After an emergency, review the plan and make improvements.
- Emergency contact information
It may make sense to pick a relative in another state as a
central contact because local phone lines or contacts may be
- Personal/family emergency supplies
In the recent tornado, people who ran into their basements found
themselves without many essentials, e.g., coats and shoes. You
probably want to position some supplies (e.g., flashlights,
food, clothing, pet supplies) in the area where you plan to seek
shelter. See other sections on this page for ideas on what
should go into home preparations or a grab-and-go kit.
- Know the safety procedures at work and school, too
How the county
Office of Emergency Management (2
people in Kenosha)
MISSION: to lessen the loss of life and reduce injuries and property
damage during natural and technological incidents/events
through mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery.
- All emergency plans updated yearly
- Continuously train first responders
- Conducts training exercises
Southeast Wisconsin Citizen Corps
Council and American Red Cross:
- Includes fire, law enforcement, EMS, public health, public
works, and dispatch
- Continuously training to provide optimum service in a crisis
It's important to build a sense of community because 911 may not be
there for you in a large-scale event. YOU will have to fill local
- Educates, informs, and trains citizens on preparedness
- Professionals and citizens working together to keep Kenosha
- Source for citizens who want further training or volunteer
How you can become involved:
- Neighborhood Watch
- Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT)
- Medical Reserve Corps
- Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS)
- Fire Corps
- Start or join a Neighborhood Watch group
- Take a CERT class
- Volunteer in the community
- Get additional training through Red Cross, FEMA or Emergency
American Red Cross
Direct line to the Milwaukee office: 1-800-236-8680. There is also
an 800 number to the national office.
NOTE: The Red Cross is not a first responder. The Red Cross comes in
after the initial response team has assessed needs.
Southeast Wisconsin Citizen Corps
Kenosha County Emergency Management
Before a Disaster
Before a disaster strikes:
- Make a plan to keep in touch in case your family gets
- Make a list of important documents (e.g., marriage and birth
certificates, passports) so that you can gather them quickly --
or better yet keep them all together.
- Make it a policy to keep your car gas tank close to full. Gas
station pumps will not work if the electricity is out.
- Keep a list of passwords to your various computer accounts.
Also keep a copy of email addresses of family and friends. You
can keep these on paper or an inexpensive flash drive for easy
grab and go.
- Make a video of the interior of your home and all its contents
and keep it in a safe-deposit box. Include an outside view
including any outbuildings, mature trees, and shrubs. It could
be invaluable for an insurance claim later.
If you have to evacuate, here are some of the things you ought to
have in a "grab and go" kit:
- Prescription drugs
- Your FILE OF LIFE with updated medical information
- First aid supplies (e.g., bandaids, ointments)
- Some hygiene items (e.g., soap, tissue, toilet paper)
- Extra eye glasses and hearing aids
- Your important papers, computer password and email address
files, and important telephone numbers in a plastic pouch
- Extra keys to your house and car
- Sturdy, sensible, multi-purpose clothing and shoes, gloves
- Some large plastic bags, which you can use for protection from
rain, as an emergency blanket, and to close off a broken window.
- Cash in small bills
- If you can't take your pet with you, leave a supply of food
and water for it, and don't leave pets chained to anything
If the emergency allows you to stay at home but cuts you off from
the world for several days, here are some of the things to have in
place to survive until help arrives:
- Extra batteries for flashlights and radios, or better yet a
solar flashlight / radio.
- A couple of the long-lasting glo sticks for light. The larger
ones (24 inchs long) can last up to 6 hours.
- A whistle to call for help.
- A weather radio to track storm path and weather conditions.
In case of a tornado, the experts now feel that the north and
north east corner of a basement may be the safe place. In a
house without a basement, seek shelter at the lowest level and
in the smallest room without windows preferably an interior
room. Be sure to pre-position some supplies (e.g., shoes, coats,
a change of clothing flashlights, food) in the secure location.
- Enough food and water to last three or four days. Have bottled
water and canned fruit or vegetable juice to drink. Have food
that doesn't need to be cooked such as unrefrigerated pudding
cups, canned stew, tuna and chicken, crackers, peanut butter and
jelly. Don't forget a manual can opener, paper plates, paper
towels, and supply of disposable eating utensils.
- A first aid kit for minor injuries. First aid book.
- Dust mask to filter air impurities.
- Duct tape and plastic to create a shelter.
- Moist towlettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties for personal
- Matches in a waterproof container.
- Paper and pencils.
- Chlorine bleach and a medicine dropper.
- Instructions on how to turn off the gas, electricity, and
water to your home and the tools to do it.
If you have pets, you will need to care for them in an emergency.
Here are some of the things to have in place for their well-being:
If you have to evacuate and leave your pets behind:
- Tags or collars with identification (animal's name, your phone
number). Pets should wear these at all times.
- Names and phone numbers of veterinarians and boarding centers,
including some out of your area in case local centers are
- Proof of pet's vaccinations.
- Medications, medical records (stored in a waterproof
container), and first aid kit.
- Sturdy leashes, harnesses, and/or carriers strong enough to
restrain your pet in a tense situation. Animals may become
unpredictable as they get stressed by severe weather and the
chaos of evacuation.
- Current photos in case your pet is lost.
- Food, water, bowls, cat litter and pan, can opener.
- Pet bedding, treats, and toys.
- Newspaper and plastic bags for cleanup.
- Note that only service
animals are allowed in shelters.
- Do NOT tie or cage animals that you leave behind. Their
chances for survival are greater if they can move around.
- Leave food and a large container of water that cannot be
- Post a sign in your window indicating how many and what type
of animals you left there.
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