Community Emergency Response

Disasters and emergencies tend to impact everyone differently. Some happen in an instant and others have some warning, but both require us to respond in some fashion. Whatever we do before and during a disaster will determine our recovery and life after the event.

The most important thing you can do is be personally prepared.

There are aspects of any disaster beyond personal preparedness that need to be coordinated by the community and supported by governmental agencies. The Echo Lake Community Board has recognized this as a major part of making this community strong and resilient during and following a disaster. The Echo Lake Community Emergency Response program has been developed to provide an organization trained to respond and coordinate all activities with other agencies and this community.

What are the things that could impact our community.

What your community support team is doing to support disasters and emergencies.

You can become part of the exclusive community emergency response task force.

What to know about the human response to an emergency.

Mothers, fathers, business owners, even children, will look to the leaders of their community for peace of mind and reassurance that everything that can be done to protect them from an unexpected disaster, has been done.

What is Community Emergency Preparedness?

Community preparedness refers to community-wide efforts to give citizens the training, education, and resources they need to prepare in advance against the threat of a possible local disaster at an individual and collective level. According to Ready.gov, studies on personal preparedness have shown that individuals who believe they are prepared for disasters often are not as prepared as they think, while others admit they have not developed any type of personal preparedness plan.


The Challenge for the Echo Lake Community

Despite the frequency of stories seen on the news that prove the devastation of unexpected natural disasters or local violence, local governments struggle to impart on citizens the importance of preparedness. The optimistic hope that an unexpected disaster could never destroy one’s home or hurt one’s family is a difficult misperception to overcome. The goal of community preparedness is to maximize citizens’ awareness of the importance of proactive planning, and encourage participation in disaster preparedness activities.

The key factors to our approach to emergency preparedness are shown below;


Partner with Local Resources

We are working with local agencies to maximize our effectiveness. There are also local resources within the community that could be tremendous assets when the need arises. Our logistics efforts need to know if you have a resource that could be used during a disaster, such as a tractor, chain saw, construction tools, boat, ATV, wheel chair, etc. These and similar resources could save a life. We will soon be developing a community resource database to fill this need.

Participation

We need your help. There is no simpler way to describe the need for people to respond to a disaster. Don’t wait for something to happen and expect to be instantly a critical resource. We need to know before a disaster occurs, what assistance is available locally. Without that prior knowledge, it is not possible to properly allocate help where it is needed during a disaster. Planning and emergency preparedness involves teams of people with simple skills, working together as a team.

Education and Training

We have developed a disaster preparedness plan for the Echo Lake Community. It involves sufficient detail to manage any disaster, deploy local resources, coordinate external resources from county, state and federal agencies, provide specialized care and request external resources when needed.

Identify Community Members with Special Needs

We need to make sure our emergency planning takes into consideration seniors, children, and community members with special needs. Fragile people are especially at risk due to medications, mobility or availability of care givers.

Individual Home Preparedness

At the core of any disaster mitigation is the level of personal preparedness. Without this the general community recovery becomes taxed by issues that could have been prevented with homeowners being proactive. Simply having a good fire extinguisher could save a home when the fire trucks are unable to arrive in time. Having sufficient supplies of food, water and toilet paper is critical.

Communicate

We will communicate with the Echo Lake Community and all responders in real time. This involves technology, networks, trained personnel, procedures and a strong connection to the regional government resources. Communication in all forms is critical to the preservation of life, property and restoration of our community. If evacuation of any part of our community is necessary, we need to have the ability to contact everyone and have sufficient organization to implement movement.

Conclusion

Emergency preparedness saves lives. No matter how prepared our community becomes, we can’t prevent an unexpected local disaster, but we can prepare for one. By involving everyone in the planning process, regularly communicating the availability of safety information, and subscribing to current robust plan and training we will be doing everything in our power to keep the Echo Lake Community safe.