Disaster Preparedness Planning – Step 2

May 14, 2008 at 8:18 pm Leave a comment

Now I am sure that some of you reading this will have your own ideas about what the next step is on this journey.

In my previous post I detailed what information you should gather on your sites as part of your plan and now we are going to begin to map out an effective response to the most likely emergencies you will encounter.

I would begin the next step by listing the following in order of possibility for your site or sites:

Civil unrest, terrorist attack, fire, flood, tornado or high winds, hurricane, and earthquake.

Now consider your neighborhood, do you have any hazardous industrial uses near your site? This could be as obvious as a fireworks factory or as mundane as aging gas station. Is your area particularly prone to crime? Is the local infrastructure on the old side and more likely to fail in the future? How likely is the site going to have to fend for itself in a disaster? What safety equipment is already a part or built into the site?

With this information you can now prioritize what preparations are needed for a basic effective response.

Now you may not have some the information you need to properly evaluate these threats properly. Let me list a few resources to help you.

1. FEMA’s Map Service Center – Here is an online service that will allow you to locate your site on the maps showing the risk level of serious flooding. http://msc.fema.gov/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/FemaWelcomeView?storeId=10001&catalogId=10001&langId=-1

2. The National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration – where current and historical data is available for your area. http://www.noaa.gov

3. Office of Homeland Security – Ready.gov site resource search page: http://www.ready.gov/america/local/ca.html (set to California as an example)

These sources should be able to provide you with a wealth of information on the possible threats for your area to aid you in planning.

As always I appreciate your visiting and your time. Please send any questions or comments to:

askthefm@gmail.com

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