Welcome to NorthWest Emergency Preparedness!
Face it, no one WANTS to think about it. The fact is, what NWEP teaches is corroborated as vital by all emergency response and support agencies: FEMA, American Red Cross, CDC, WHO, firefighters, Search and Rescue, Whatcom County CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) which is an extension of the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office, Whatcom Unified EM, WA State Emergency Management and so on.
Preparation is logical, wise and fact-supported.
NWEP is a non-profit educational group that offers instruction, resource referrals, digital, video and print materials, mentoring, in-person meetings and community networking to the public for free. This largely came from firsthand experience in Hurricane Katrina, and seeing how unprepared the general population was. when it was hit with destruction, injury, death, no supplies, emergency evacuation, staying at home because they had no plan for their pets to evacuate, mandatory curfews, looting, empty shelves, increased police presence, waiting 2 hours for gasoline, 200,000+ storm refugees relocating to no vacancies, stress on the city infrastructure and roadways that were not designed to accommodate such an instant influx of people, increased crime, increased violence, and murder.
After moving to Washington State, I learned about local hazards and wanted to help inform average people about what is out there and what can help you, “just in case”! Like a spare tire, it’s better to have the information and skills and not need them, than to need them and NOT have them. Even the Boy Scouts™ motto is to “Be prepared”.
My previous experience in intelligence in the military, later as a licensed private investigator, a public speaker on personal security and subjects like gang awareness, an instructor on basic self-defense and basic firearms, developing a course for security officers that far exceeds state standards, and being general manager of a security services corporation that included executive protection and advanced law enforcement training—have left me a self-admitted “information junkie”, and driven to disseminate valuable information to the public in a way that suits their needs best.
It’s not about being paranoid. It’s about awareness, and there’s a difference. It’s important to also accept the reality of the specific hazards within our region. It’s about probabilities, not possibilities—or you’ll just drive yourself crazy.
- Do a personal assessment of skills and abilities
- Research your area’s natural and man-made hazards
- Determine their probability to occur, versus possibility
- Build appropriate kits for various needs (remember pets!)
- Make a comprehensive plan that involves the whole family
- Practice your plan
- Reassess your skills and learn new ones
- Help someone else; be a mentor
Take care of your family.