Emergency Preparedness @ SDSS
- "It is better to be prepared than scared”
Emergency preparedness is more than securing your home from the initial effects and aftershocks of an earthquake. We recall from our children’s elementary school years that if we prepare for an earthquake, we are better prepared for most forms of disasters.
There is good information in your telephone book about emergency preparedness.
Listed here are many of the preparedness concerns of various levels of Government in British Columbia.
* General Preparedness
* Earthquake Preparedness
* Tsunami Preparedness
* Volcano Preparedness
* Flooding Preparedness
* Home Fire/Interface Fire Preparedness
* Foreign Animal Disease ("Mad Cow") Preparedness
* Landslide Preparedness
* Outdoor Safety Preparedness
* Severe Weather Preparedness
* Terrorism Consequence Preparedness
* Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Preparedness
As parents and guardians we try to provide a safe and nurturing environment for our families. Given the geological uniqueness of Delta and Tsawwassen, the effort required to support ourselves in the hours immediately after an overwhelming event is better spent in preparation of our homes, prearranging out-of-area contacts procedures for all family members as well as an awareness of our neighbourhood’s readiness and capabilities.
First responders that would normally provide aid within a 4-minute time span may be consumed with community safety at large. Delta residents can honour Emergency Services provided by The Corporation of Delta, Delta’s wide-ranging volunteers organizations and the Delta Hospital by preparing to be less of a burden on these public service providers in a major disaster.
This can be achieved by your knowledge of household and workplace preparedness, the basics of life sustaining First Aid and by talking over plans with family, friends and neighbours.
FOUR SIGNS OF A EARTHQUAKE ARE:
* Animals show signs of fear
* You hear what sounds like a train coming toward you
* Sudden quiet. Earthquake deafness is caused by an overloaded ear drum
* The ground shakes
What to do during:
Remain Calm. The shaking usually lasts no more than a minute.
If inside, stay inside .. “Duck, Cover and Hold!”. Duck under sturdy furniture. Cover as much of your head and torso as you can. Hold onto the furniture. If you cannot get under sturdy furniture, move to an inside wall or archway and sit with your back to the wall, bring your knees to your chest and cover your head.
Stay away from mirrors and windows.
Do not exit the building during the shaking.
If outdoors, move to an open area away from all structure, especially buildings, bridges, and overhead power lines.
If driving, stop in an open area away from all structures especially bridges, overpasses, tunnels, and overhead power lines. Stay as low as possible inside the vehicle.
Stay Calm. Count to 60 to allow time for objects to fall before moving.
Move cautiously and check for unstable objects and other hazards above and around you.
Check yourself for injuries.
Help those around you and provide first aid, if you are qualified.
Hang up all phones. Only use phones (including cell phones) if a life is at stake.
Inspect gas, water and electric lines. If there are leaks or it there is any doubt about leaks, shut off mains; evacuate immediately if you hear or smell gas and can’t shut it off.
Anticipate aftershocks, especially if the shaking lasted longer than two minutes.
Stay out of damaged buildings.
Listen to the radio or watch local TV for emergency information and additional safety instructions.
South Delta Secondary is a Community Emergency Assembly Area. Parents anticipating finding their children here after an earthquake should approach by walking from 53rd.
If a group plans to re-enter the school building, there will be a designated group with a plan, a map and safety gear. There are many first aid and long-term supplies in the cargo unit on the east field of South Delta that can be utilized in the event of an emergency.
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