Pasco West 10th Neighborhood Emergency Plan
• Our neighborhood is divided up into small geographical Groups of 10 (with approximately 10 families each) and with a captain over each group.
Your Captain is: ____________________________.
• Each Group of 10 has already selected a permanent meeting location called a STAGING AREA where you should all assemble with your families (logic permitting) in the event of certain kinds of disasters (such as an earthquake, tornado...) after you have done all you can to secure the welfare of your own family. If the weather or other conditions make taking your entire family to the Staging Area unfeasible, just send one adult member to the Alternate Indoor Staging Area. For certain kinds of disasters, you would not be assembling at the Staging Area, but you might be relocating families within your Groups of 10 to help each other as the situation requires.
Your Staging Area is located at ______________________,
Alternate Indoor Staging Area: _______________________.
Meeting together at the Staging Area will save an enormous amount of time and effort during a disaster because your group will know within a few minutes who is OK and who isn’t. No one will have to spend unnecessary time running around trying to determine the welfare of all 10 families. Everyone will be reporting on their own welfare as they show up; and by having entire families at the staging areas, we can assign a few responsible individuals to watch over the smaller children while all the rest of the adults and older teenagers are freed up to help rescue and care for the rest of the group who need help. Also, those who do come to the Staging Area will be able to report on the status of those who haven’t come, saving us further wasted effort. For instance, “We don’t need to look for Ralph; he’s in Wisconsin on business. But we can’t find Billy.”
If the disaster is something like a power outage during a blizzard, one adult from each family should meet at the Alternate Indoor Staging Area to quickly assess who has wood burning stoves, etc., and how the Group of 10 can relocate families within their own group to help everyone be warm and safe. (See the page called “Alternate Heat Source and Fuel...” in the first section of this notebook.)
• Notice that this plan is based on the actuality that there isn’t a magical “SOMEONE” who is going to come around to check on you. That “someone” is US. There is no one else, and so we have to take responsibility to help ourselves, our beloved families, and our neighbors. In this plan, we all agree to show up if we’re able and to do our part helping everyone else. That way, there will be enough “someones” show up to help those of us who actually can’t.
• We have had approximately 6 adults trained in CERT (Community Emergency Response Team training) and / or NEST (Neighborhood Emergency Skills Team training) within every Group of 10. We will continue to review this training and to train more of you. Wouldn’t it be great if everyone 12 years of age and up were trained! Then in the event of a disaster, with all families having met at the Staging Area, the NEST and CERT trained people will organize rescue efforts and make assignments for everyone who is healthy enough to help within the group. There is a need and a place for everyone. Various assignments within each Group of 10 will include: child care, medical and rescue supplies (from the group supplies already stored near each Staging Area), food and water (from the group supplies for the time of the rescue effort), sanitation, communications (runners and walkie-talkies), search and rescue, and first aid, and CERT/NEST team leader (whoever is available and would make the best leader given the situation).
• As information is gathered by each Group of 10 about the welfare of everyone in their group, this information should be recorded on Report Forms found at the end of the Communications section of this notebook. Every notebook like this has copies of the forms. When the form, the “General Report Form” is reasonably filled out, it should be sent from each Group of 10’s team leader by runner to “Command Central” (our E.O.C., “Emergency Operations Center”) on Stringham’s front grass and given to the Bishop, or Neighborhood Chair, if the Bishop is not available.
Other important information will be relayed either by our walkie-talkie system (FRS Channel 10.11) or by runner to Command Central. This will facilitate calling in help from Groups of 10 who are able to help other Groups of 10 in need. Then critical information will be relayed to the Stake and City for further help from LDS Welfare Services, from the Red Cross, and from Provo City, Utah County, the State of Utah, and FEMA, when they can get to us. These “professional” agencies, however, will probably not be able to get help to us for at least 3 days and perhaps for as long as 2 weeks or even longer. That’s why it’s so important that we are organized to help each other.
• Groups of 10 will care for each other as much as they are able until we see the need to pool our efforts to care for the greater neighborhood and perhaps for children stranded at Canyon Crest. Neighborhood leaders are currently working on helping Canyon Crest to have more emergency supplies, a more complete school emergency plan, and to coordinate with us to help them if needed in a disaster.
• By working together in Groups of 10 during the first few hours (or days if necessary) after a disaster to help each other and to gather and pass on critical information, we will free up the local LDS Ward and Stake leaders to have time to organize and plan how the Wards and Stake can coordinate their efforts to help in more serious situations (like bringing in backhoes and professionals living within the stake) and in planning how we will help each other for however long it takes until we can take hold again and rebuild our lives.
• If something happens requiring a need to communicate with everyone quickly, such as a need to evacuate, one person in each Group of 10 will be contacted (the captain if possible) who will contact the rest of you by phone or in person. If the captain is unavailable, any other person in the Group of 10 could be contacted to do it.*
* Notice that being organized this way is not person specific. The plan should work no matter who is available and who isn’t. All who are able show up and organize themselves to do the plan.
** Also notice that in this plan, we don’t have you wending your way to the Stake Center. It might be that within a few days the Stake Presidency and Bishops or even the Red Cross may decide to have some sort of center or shelter at the Stake Center. The Red Cross isn’t likely to do so, however, since the Stake Center doesn’t have the required shower and cooking facilities. The Red Cross is more likely to set up shelters at the high schools.