Emergency Preparedness

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You've probably heard over and over the importance of being prepared in the event of a natural disaster or other major emergency--well, it's true.

If such an event should happen, the reality is that first responders will quickly become overwhelmed by the volume of calls for help.  Individuals, families, and neighbors may be on their own for several days, weeks, or even months, and will need to care for themselves.

Getting prepared may seem like a daunting task, but even a little preparation can go a long way.   You don't need to go this alone either.  Check out the following resources to help you get prepared and be part of our neighborhood's emergency preparedness program.



The Sierra Emergency Team (S.E.T.) is made of up Sierra residents who volunteer on one or more of the following sub-teams.  


Sierra Residents - what's your Zone? 

(Source: Island County Department of Emergency Management)

Island County utilizes the award winning and FEMA endorsed program called Map Your Neighborhood (MYN) to help communities prepare for disasters.

Sierra has implemented the Map Your Neighborhood program.  All residents are invited to be part of their zone's team.  This program guides you and your neighbors through simple steps to help enhance your preparedness for an emergency. These steps will help you to quickly and safely take actions that can minimize damage and protect lives. It is designed to improve disaster readiness at the neighborhood level and teaches neighbors to rely on each other during the hours or days before fire, medical, police or utility responders arrive.

For more information about the Sierra Emergency Team or the neighborhood zones, please contact your Zone's captain (see list above), or email Sierra.mailbox@gmail.com.    



Read the latest article by Christine Laing of the Sierra Emergency Team about Tsunamis and Sierra.



Many thanks to Mark Bauserman, a disaster preparedness trainer from Port Haddock, who spent the afternoon of Oct 13, 2018 educating us on emergency water and sanitation.  Mark graciously allowed us to post copies of his presentation which provide an excellent reference of his research and expertise:



  • Emergency preparedness checklist – provides easy to follow lists of important considerations and supplies to have on hand.

  • Shelter in place – explains what to do if you need to set up shelter in your home.

  • Pet emergency preparedness – provides tips on how to ensure your pets are cared for during an emergency.

  • NOAA weather radios and weather incident reporting sites – describes types of emergency radios and websites to stay updated on weather incidents.

  • Emergency Contact Card – a convenient way to ensure every member of your family knows emergency meeting places and your out of care contact. Contact the Sierra Secretary at sccsecy@gmail.com to get as many of these cards as you need for your family.





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