Sept 2016 Meeting Notes – Disaster Preparation w/ EOC

Note: Oct Meeting is the 20th at the Salvation Army, Middleburg

Find us at 2795 County Rd 220, Middleburg. It will be a combined meeting with the Clay SafetyNet Alliance to recap lessons learned after Matthew and steps we can take to prepare for or recover from other events. Start networking at 9:30, the meeting is from 10:00 to 11:30.  

Sept 30 Meeting Notes: We had 4 guests join us to share their insights and answer our questions about emergency preparedness. Our guests were John Ward and Matthew Smith from the Emergency Operations Center, Jeff Eadis from the Sheriff’s Department, and Leigh Wilsey from the Florida Department of Health / Clay.

img_7639adjJohn started with the worst problem he faces is complacency. Which honestly was supported by the attendance at the meeting.

People don’t think it’s really going to happen. Or they think there is only threat of an emergency during the hurricane (rain with a name) season. Other topics discussed included:

When we close schools in the county it has a huge ripple effect, and not just to the schools.

How do we get people to stay off the roads during an event to avoid falling trees and downed power lines?

In high winds there is an impact on our Clay Transit vehicles.

ESF15 connects volunteers with those requesting assistance after an event. What is appropriate to donate?

Some are not aware that registry for those with special needs includes anyone who needs assistance in evacuating. For example, those that are wheel-chair bound and not just those needing power for medical equipment or medications. For example, this could be important in a wildfire event.

Individuals and businesses should sign up for Alert Clay County. Here’s the link http://www.claycountygov.com/departments/emergency-management/alert-clay-county

St. Johns County has a tracking system for those who wander – autistic and Alzheimer individuals. It was suggested that we look into a similar system.

img_7634adjGet the word out about emergency preparedness in packets for individuals in government subsidized housing.

One of our EOC’s most active emergency volunteer groups is for pets.

The Department of Health communicates about topics such as mosquito control before it becomes a problem.

All companies should insist that each employee have a plan for their family. How do family members get in touch with each other? Phone cell service can go down.

Does your child have a ‘safety word’ in case you need to send someone to the house to give them a message?

After an emergency it’s important to replenish our county blood bank and food panty supplies.

Every home should have a battery-operated weather radio.

The ‘Touch A Truck’ Event was a huge success. John plans to work with the Orange Park Mall (Sears) to expand the amount of space for trucks. Organizations with emergency preparation or health messages should participate.

Educational seminars don’t always have to be with adults. An example is when First Responders spend time with young children. Messages from children and young adults are taken home to their families.

The Shaping Clay October Meeting will be October 20 at the Salvation Army (2795 County Rd 220, Middleburg). It will be a combined meeting with the Clay SafetyNet Alliance to recap lessons learned after Matthew and steps we can take to prepare for or recover from other events. Start networking at 9:30, the meeting is from 10:00 to 11:30.  

 

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