11403354_677807902319851_5902472263227785248_nWe want to send a Big Thank You to the Wyoming Department of Health, Emergency Preparedness Unit for their recent purchase of The GO|STAY|KIT. The Kits are a great way to keep your community prepared for a manmade or natural disaster and Wyoming knows that too. Thanks.


Screen Shot 2015-07-14 at 7.39.46 AMAn Earthquake will destroy a sizable portion of the coastal Northwest. The question is when. The next full-margin rupture of the Cascadia subduction zone will spell the worst natural disaster in the history of the continent. Read the full story in The New Yorker

Just north of the San Andreas, however, lies another fault line. Known as the Cascadia subduction zone, it runs for seven hundred miles off the coast of the Pacific Northwest, beginning near Cape Mendocino, California, continuing along Oregon and Washington, and terminating around Vancouver Island, Canada. The “Cascadia” part of its name comes from the Cascade Range, a chain of volcanic mountains that follow the same course a hundred or so miles inland.




Screen Shot 2015-07-13 at 10.11.54 AMEvery business should have a disaster preparedness plan and conduct exercises to determine how quickly operations will be restored following a disaster. Conducting these exercises help improve the overall strength of your disaster plan (assuming you have one) and the ability of your business to get back on its feet after the initial disaster has passed.

  1. Walkthroughs, workshops, or orientation seminars – This is basic training for team members designed to familiarize employees with emergency response, business continuity and crisis communications plans, and their roles and responsibilities as defined in these plans.
  2. Tabletop exercises – Discussion-based sessions where employees review their roles during an emergency and their responses to a particular emergency situation.
  3. Full-scale exercises – Takes place at your business, using the specific equipment and personnel that would be called upon during a real disaster event.
  4. Functional exercises – Allows staff & management to validate plans and readiness by performing their duties in a simulated post-disaster environment. Activities for a this exercise are scenario-driven, such as critical infrastructure failure needed for your business to operate.


Reminder: Inclusion of People with Disabilities and Others with Access and Functional Needs in CERT Programs Webinar

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Individual and Community Preparedness Division is pleased to invite you to a webinar that focuses on practices that will enhance the experience for CERT participants with disabilities and others with access and functional needs.

Title: Inclusion of People with Disabilities and Others with Access and Functional Needs in CERT Programs

Date: Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Time:  3:00 – 4:30 p.m. (ET)

Guest Speakers:

  • Gay Jones, FEMA Office of Disability Integration and Coordination (ODIC)
  • Kathryn Gerk, Emergency Services Manager, Richmond, CA Fire Department
  • Jennifer Fales, Emergency Management Coordinator, Kansas City, MO Office of Emergency Management