PREP Year End Activity Summary Report 2009

Your Point Roberts Emergency Preparedness Group has been very busy this year and achieved a number of important accomplishments. 

Emergency generators have been installed at the community center and the church.

Chilean earthquake prompts Tsunami alert throughout the Pacific

A low-level Tsunami warning is in effect for the Point Roberts area. NOAA Our risk is considered to be fairly low but we should monitor the effect of this event as it proceeds throughout the Pacific region today. Hawaii is under a moderate danger warning and coastal regions in that state are being evacuated. Watch Live Streaming Earthquake Coverage here.

Read full details       

'Disaster preparedness kit' advertised for $1 turns into $99.95 piece of junk

With all the scams being perpetrated upon victims of disaster it's no surprise that crooks would organize to scam people trying to prepare for the worst as well.

"Get your Disaster Preparedness Kit Now risk FREE for $1," the ad read. "Florida Residents! Prepare for the next Hurricane, Tornado, Earthquake Today."

Don't fall for it. Read More:

Georgia is holding Severe Weather Awareness Week February 1 - 5, 2010

"After a year of natural disasters that caused millions of dollars of damage to Georgia in 2009, the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA), its Ready Georgia campaign, the National Weather Service (NWS) and local emergency management agencies are supporting Severe Weather Awareness Week in the state, Feb. 1-5. Severe Weather Awareness Week is a time when Georgians should practice emergency preparedness and response procedures for all types of severe weather events that could occur." <press release>

It is interesting to see what other areas are doing to educate residents about how to be prepared for natural disasters. The state of Georgia faces severe weather challenges, they have even had to schedule a back-up day for their Tornado Drill in case of severe weather! Today's events include a radio campaign to get residents to obtain a weather radio (I found the Midland model they promote on Amazon for $30) that can be tuned to reports for their county.

Twenty Nations Meet In Montreal To Discuss Haiti Recovery; Haitian Officials Increase Port-Au-Prince Death Toll Estimate

Kaiser Daily Global Health Policy Report

Monday, January 25, 2010

Officials from 20 countries are meeting in Montreal, Canada, Monday "to discuss long-term reconstruction and arrangements for a donor conference to be held in March," the U.N. said, Bloomberg reports (Gaouette/Craze, 1/25). "U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner and others will examine eventual debt forgiveness and" a strategy for rebuilding Haiti at the one-day gathering, according to Reuters (Palmer, 1/25).     Read More

New Twitter Hashtag Syntax for Sharing Information During Catastrophes

In collaboration with Project EPIC, a group of Tweeters have developed a new syntax to make it easier for computers to read tweets from areas that are affected by a disaster. If adopted widely, this new hashtag-based syntax will make it easier to automatically extract data about locations or the status of a road or person.

Main Tags

  • #need [explain the needs using the appropriate keywords below]
  • #offering or #offer or #have [explain what you have using appropriate keywords below]
  • #imok [name]
  • #ruok [name]
  • #trapped [name]
  • #injured [name]
  • #open [write what is open, a road? a hospital? a store?]
  • #closed [write what is closed? a road? a shelter?]
Read the full Article - with examples of actual Tweets using this syntax from Haiti

The White House Blog - A Call with President Preval of Haiti

President Preval closed by passing a message to the American people, "from the bottom of my heart and on behalf of the Haitian people, thank you, thank you, thank you."

Read the full article of Obama's talk with the Haitian President:

Video: Haiti Red Cross Emergency Response Briefing

The American Red Cross is accepting donations through their International Response Fund.

You can text “HAITI” to 90999 to donate $10 to American Red Cross relief for Haiti.

HHS Delivers the Nation’s First Health Security Strategy

WASHINGTON - HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today released The National Health Security Strategy, the nation’s first comprehensive strategy focused on protecting people’s health during a large-scale emergency. The strategy sets priorities for government and non-government activities over the next four years. 

Read the whole story at:
http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/hhs-delivers-the-nationrsquos-first-health-security-strategy,1111204.shtml

Unnatural Disasters: The Impacts of Climate-related Emergencies on Wildlife, Livestock, and Companion Animals

WASHINGTON - December 7 - As world leaders descend upon Copenhagen for the United Nations Climate Change Conference, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW; www.ifaw.org) today released Unnatural Disasters: The Impacts of Climate-related Emergencies on Wildlife, Livestock, and Companion Animals, a comprehensive report highlighting the immediate impacts of climate change on wildlife, livestock, and companion animals. The report calls on U.S.

Local Weather Forecast Resources

This morning I was viewing my Weather Underground Point Roberts Weather page and I thought it would be nice to have the URL's of the local TV station's Weather Pages...

Safety of Influenza A (H1N1)

Safety of Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 Monovalent Vaccines --- United States, October 1--November 24, 2009...
Read the complete story at:
http://www.foodconsumer.org/newsite/Non-food/Drug/Swine_flu_vaccine_safety_061220090908.html

Media Advisory/REMINDER: Public Health Agency of Canada

SYS-CON Media (press release) - ‎8 hours ago‎
... Dr. Danielle Grondin, Infectious Disease and Emergency Preparedness at the Public Health Agency of Canada will provide an update on the H1N1 flu virus. ...

Officials scale back security exercise, still ready (2010 Olympics)

CTV Olympics - ‎2 hours ago‎
VANCOUVER - Officials with the BC government, Ottawa and the Olympic security force say they had to scale back their last emergency preparedness exercise ...
http://www.ctvolympics.ca/news-centre/newsid=20670.html

Vancouver Island New Democrat among hundreds bailing water from flooded homes

The Canadian Press - ‎Nov 23, 2009‎
VICTORIA, BC — A BC New Democrat MLA is getting some first-hand experience of the province's emergency preparedness, after his Vancouver Island home was one ...
http://www.google.com/hostednews/canadianpress/article/ALeqM5ikCytvTgbi04pqVoQScY10jD01FQ

Scientists announce H1N1 mutation

Scientists announce H1N1 mutation  Nov 23, 2009

By DELANIA TRIGG, Register Staff Writer

Help for flood victims must not stop here

When one victim of the Cumbrian floods was told that such relentless rain falls only once every 1,000 years, she joked: Well, at least I'm part of history.  Read more:

Events of natural disaster can bring out the very best in people

Mayor feels couch move as 6.5 magnitude earthquake hits B.C.'s north coast

PRINCE RUPERT, B.C. — A significant earthquake jolted British Columbia's north coast early Tuesday, rattling furniture and nerves but not triggering a tsunami.  Franc Pridoehl, who lives in Queen Charlotte City, said he was having breakfast when the chairs and table started moving and the chandelier began swinging.
http://www.google.com/hostednews/canadianpress/article/ALeqM5g15ulXOjPmDVYqhnpRFSL7SU4AYA


HAM IT UP

Community Info:  Point Roberts needs Ham operators

September Tip: Be a community team player.  Learn--Practice--Learn. Have an exit plan for emergencies.(Fire, Earthquakes, Tsunamis)  EDITH can save your life.  So can a Ham.   Call Jud @ 945-0533 for more information.


VERY IMPORTANT   THE FIRE DEPARTMENT--CERT--PREP  are one team. ---FIRE folks lead.---Our one goal is to save your life.
Any takers??? We need your assistance.  Let's work together to protect our community.   

 

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