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an earthquake or other disaster, emergency response agencies
could be overburdened and might not be able to get to your
neighborhood immediately. You and your neighbors or coworkers
may need to take the initial emergency response actions and
take care of others for at least 72 hours.
earthquakes have thrust many untrained people into positions
of providing first aid and rescuing people. You need
to be prepared! If a response team has not been organized
in your neighborhood or workplace, form one now. Joining
and forming a community response team can greatly improve
your chances of surviving an earthquake and can improve
the self-sufficiency of your neighborhood.
simple firefighting techniques.
basic search-and-rescue skills.
to assess yourself, your family and coworker for injuries.
to assess your home and workplace for hazards or damage.
to assess your community for hazards, needs and available
your local police and fire departments, city/ county
Office of Emergency Services, American Red Cross chapter
or community college to arrange for speakers and training
workshops. Response teams should arrange to participate
in annual earthquake exercises sponsored by local government
Your Neighbors' Skills
part of the community response team planning process, teams
should conduct an inventory of the skills and resources
available at home, work and community. You should have
this information on hand before an earthquake for efficient,
effective responses. Identify people who:
medical, electrical, child care, leadership, fire fighting
and survival skills.
chain saws, citizens band radios, four-wheel drive vehicles,
motorcycles and water purifiers.
willing and able to be a runner/bicycler to deliver messages
if telephone lines are down.
home or office has people with special needs. Your neighborhood
response team should work with these individuals in advance
to determine what extra assistance or supplies they may
require after an earthquake or other emergency. Some
of the people who may require special assistance include:
Challenged Deaf or hearing impaired
who require a special oxygen supply
with significant medical conditions
Children who spend time alone at home
addition to the water, food and other supplies that everyone
needs to stock, members of the community response team
should store tools. Items such as the following should
be stored in a central and easily accessible location.
hats and vests
with extra batteries
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