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      This forum is for public events we produce, promote or participate in.  It will include event announcements, comments and photos from those events.    This forum is for public events we produce, promote or participate in.  It will include event announcements, comments and photos from those events. [caption id="attachment_95" align="alignleft" width="431"]       2017 NWEP Emergency Preparedness Expo in Blaine, WA[/caption]
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    • 5 months, 1 week ago

       Richard Martin

    • NWEP Welcome and member news
      Welcome to the new website, and our emergency preparedness community.  We are here to have a place for discussion about topics that are of interest or concern to you as they relate to emergency preparedness---for you, your family, your business and your community.  Look for the forum that most closely fits your topic of interest and ask questions or join in the conversation.  This is a website for skill-sharing and planning for potential events of an emergency or even disaster nature, whether they are the result of man-made or natural hazards. This is not a site for social advocacy or politics, so posts of that nature will be deleted and if necessary, the posting member will be blocked form the site. General online "adult behavior" rules apply, forbidding things such as:  abusive language use, drive-by ad or spam posting, insults, bigotry, graphic images, off-topic posting, recruiting for your own page, and so on.  If need be, I will specify more later.
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    • 2 months, 2 weeks ago

       Richard Martin

    • Planned and Unplanned Evacuation and Relocation
      In a high level emergency scenario, you may either choose to temporarily relocate or you could be under a mandatory evacuation order.  Where will you go and why? What will you bring with you? Who do you contact to let them know your new location and status?
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    • Where Do I Start Before I Start?
      Where Do I Start Before I Start? Figuring out how to start formulating an emergency preparedness (EP) plan for your family or yourself as an individual, can be a little intimidating, and for some people it may seem like a virtually impossible task to handle---to a degree that gives you some comfort in the face of a potential emergency. The very first thing I suggest to people, is to do a self-assessment. Look at what you have, what you can do, what you know, what you have access to, and what is realistically facing you in terms of potential emergency scenarios. A great way to do that, is to download and fill out our NWEP SWOT Assessment Sheet, from our file section. SWOT is an acronym for (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats), an analysis system used widely by businesses, to determine their strengths and weaknesses within a particular market when compared to competitors. It gives you a launch point for your plan of action. The SWOT sheet for NWEP is designed in the context of emergency preparedness and also gives examples in the margins, to help you fill the sheet out with your own information. Here are some examples: A "strength" may be that you have CPR training, or you have camping experience, etc. A "weakness" might be that you are closely tied to the use of prescribed medications, such as insulin injections, or that you have physical limitations. An "opportunity" could be an upcoming class in amateur radio communication, or knowing an instructor in the same, or know of a related instructional group membership. A "threat" could be that you live in a flood zone near a significantly sized river, or that you live in an earthquake-prone region. Opportunities, are an ever-changing aspect of your mission to build better emergency preparedness skills and plans. There are classes, groups and friends with skills and resources of many kinds. This is part of what makes group activity so valuable. Threats---in an external sense, are generally something that are historically and regionally documented in one form or another. Threats can be of natural or man-made origin. If you live in the Pacific Northwest (PNW), you know that we are prone to earthquakes. The 2001 M6.8 Nisqually Earthquake for example. We also had a volcanic eruption in 1980 with Mount St. Helens in southern Washington. Living in Whatcom County, we are near the coast, and that brings with it a very busy commercial railway carrying chemicals and coal and other materials. We have 3 chemical plants and two refineries in close proximity. We have some severe winter storms, rockslides and dangerous wildfires. This is not to say that every one of these threats will occur again with great frequency, and some may possibly not occur again within our lifetime.  You have to get a grasp on the difference between possible and probable. Anything CAN happen. We can be struck by an asteroid from space. The chances of that are rather slim, versus another significant seismic event. Both are possible, but the latter is much more possible to happen in our lifetime. We also need to know the difference between being paranoid, and being aware. To me, knowledge alone is not power.  Knowledge put into action is empowerment. Your empowerment comes from having options. Options with which to respond to various events.  An old Asian proverb says that, "To know, and to not do, is to really not [fully] know." So, we can know things and still not act on  them to our benefit. Denial and apathy are great competitors against taking action. Become your own first responder, because in actuality, you ARE!  
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