Preparedness Tips

March 2018 Prepare in a Year

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MAKING IT SAFE

After a natural disaster, water may not be safe to drink. Listen to local officials to find out if your water is safe.

Adding bleach helps make water safe to drink and use for cooking.

If tap water is clear:

  • Use bleach that does not have an added scent (like lemon).
    • For 5-6% household liquid chlorine bleach - add a little less than 1/8 teaspoon (8 drops or about 0.5 milliliters) to 1 gallon (16 cups) of water.
    • For 8.25% household liquid chlorine bleach - add a little less than 1/8 teaspoon (6 drops or about 0.5 milliliters) of to 1 gallon (16 cups of water).
  • Mix well and wait at least 30 minutes or more before using.

If tap water is cloudy: 

  • Use bleach that does not have an added scent (like lemon).
    • For 5-6% household liquid chlorine bleach - add a little less than 1/4 teaspoon (16 drops or about 1 milliliters) to 1 gallon (16 cups) of water.
    • For 8.25% household liquid chlorine bleach - add 12 drops (or about 1 milliliter) to each 1 gallon (16 cups of water).
  • Mix well and wait at least 30 minutes or more before using.
Remember that containers may need to be cleaned and sanitized before using them to store safe water:
  1. Clean the container and rinse it out.

  2. Use bleach that does not have an added scent (like lemon).

  3. Add 1 teaspoon (64 drops or 5 milliliters) of household liquid bleach to 1 quart (32oz, 4 cups, or about 1 liter) of water.

  4. Pour this into a clean storage container, cover tightly, and shake well. Make sure the solution coats the entire inside of the container.

  5. Let sit at least 30 seconds, and then pour out solution.

  6. Let air dry OR rinse with clean water that has already been made safe, if available.

  7. Pour clean water into the sanitized container and cover with a tight lid.

Never mix bleach with ammonia or other cleaners.
Open windows and doors to get fresh air when you use bleach.


For more information on making water safe after a natural disaster, such as filters  or boiling go to: 
https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/foodwater/facts.html


Preparedness Academy - 2018 

Follow above link to read more details of these courses and registration


Disaster First Aid
If your neighborhood team wants to host a Disaster First Aid class, contact our office. 


March 18-       East Pierce Fire Headquarters Bonney Lake - For neighborhood emergency teams in East Pierce Fire District Only
April 21 -         Location TBD                         
August 11-      Location TBD
October 20 -   Chapel Hill Presbyterian, Gig Harbor

Psychological First Aid 6 - 8:30 PM 
taught by Washington Chaplain Corps


May 22 -       Graham Fire and Rescue 
Sept 25 -       Location in Gig Harbor TBD
Oct 17 -        Orting Valley Fire and Rescue Headquarters, Orting



How to Communicate with Neighborhood Emergency Teams Using FRS - Family Radio Service/Walkie-talkie's During Disasters

Learn how to use walkie-talkie in your neighborhood during a disaster. Common language, stations to use, maintaining the radio are some of the topics covered. Course is available upon request. Contact us to arrange this course: pcdemOUTREACH@co.pierce.wa.us 

Self Study Courses from FEMA

The Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) offers on-line courses through their Emergency Management Institute. The courses are self-paced and designed for people who have emergency management responsibilities and the general public. All are offered free-of-charge to those who qualify for enrollment. Here is a list of courses that may be of interest:
IS-10.A:  Animals in Disasters: Awareness and Preparedness

IS-366.a Planning for the Needs of Children in Disasters

IS-394.a Protecting Your Home or Small Business From Disaster

IS-907   Active Shooter: What You Can Do
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Pierce County ALERT

The county cannot send an emergency message
to your cell phone via text or voice if you have not registered your cell phone. 
Please take the time to register today!  Let others know of this service.Have family members out of state register as well, have them use your address, they will get any ALERTS that are impacting your household or community.

March is American Red Cross Month
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Citizen Corps Council of Pierce County 

If you are interested in learning more about Citizen Corps of Pierce County contact David Alger, current Chair of Citizen Corps
rev.david.alger@gmail.com


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Pierce County Neighborhood Emergency Teams

We are in the process of developing PC NET trainers around the county. Watch for ads for volunteers in your community.
Information on PC NET

Pierce County Neighborhood Emergency Teams
(PC-NET
) provides neighbors with information and tools necessary to work together for an effective response following emergencies and disasters. Professional responders will not be available to assist your neighborhood after a major disaster—you become the first responder. If individuals and their neighbors are prepared to mutually assist one another, lives can be saved and property can be spared.


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