Nicasio Disaster Council
In the event of a major disaster in the area, such as an earthquake or major wildland fire, the county emergency services may be overwhelmed and our community may need to be self reliant for a matter of days. Personal preparedness and a community Disaster Plan are essential to save lives and property. Like other communities in West Marin, Nicasio has a disaster plan; it has been developed by the Nicasio Disaster Council in conjunction with the Nicasio Volunteer Fire Department and West Marin Emergency Services.
The Plan establishes 17 geographic neighborhoods in Nicasio, within each of which are two volunteer Neighborhood Liaisons whose role is to help prepare for a disaster by keeping a neighborhood record of properties, their residents and any emergency skills and equipment.
In time of crisis the Neighborhood Liaisons will establish a local Rally Point and will activate a checking and reporting chain so that everyone in the community can be quickly accounted for, alerted to any danger, and assisted if necessary. A disaster registry of neighborhood properties and occupants will be maintained for this purpose.
Other elements of the plan include establishing:
• A Disaster Command Post at the Nicasio Volunteer Fire Station,
• An Assembly Point at the Rancho Nicasio for volunteers and for dissemination of disaster information,
• A Disaster First Aid Post at the Nicasio school.
• An Emergency Shelter at the Nicasio school.
We are extremely fortunate in our community that we have a wealth of experienced, self-reliant, people available (as well as heavy equipment and other supplies), so that if everyone plays a part we should be able to respond to a disaster rapidly and efficiently and be able to save lives and property.
The best defense against a disaster is preparation. As a key part of this, every resident is invited to complete and return the Property Information form for the disaster registry and to sketch a property map on the back, or on a blank sheet of paper. These details will be held in the Disaster Coordinator’s manual and a copy kept by your Neighborhood Liaison in the Neighborhood Registry. If you have particular emergency skills to offer, this is also the place to record them.
Take responsibility for yourself and your family by preparing your own Personal Preparedness Plan:
• Stock and maintain emergency food and water for your family, pets and livestock to last at least a week. Have a Disaster Kit ready (see below).
• Prepare and discuss with family members your Evacuation Plan. This should have two elements:
a. The immediate evacuation plan, for use if your house catches fire, and
b. A more orderly evacuation plan when you may have time to gather your pre-determined valuable articles, for instance when a brush fire is approaching.
• Make sure you all know how to get to your planned emergency exits even in the dark and smoke.
• Pre-position emergency equipment including fire extinguishers, pry bars, first aid kit. Make sure everyone knows where the emergency equipment is and how to use it.
• Train everyone in the household to keep shoes and a flashlight beside their bed. After an earthquake you may have to get past broken glass to reach your emergency exit.
• Consider holding an occasional fire drill to test your hoses, extinguishers and evacuation plans.
• Establish a communications plan among your family. What will you do if one of the family is away when disaster strikes? What if there are no phones working? What if roads are blocked or bridges down?
• In a disaster the local phone network may be overwhelmed while long distance still works. Ask someone outside the area to be your central contact. Provide a list of people you would like them to contact in a disaster and tell the people on your list to call your contact not you. That way you only send one message to reach everyone.
• Know your neighborhood Rally Point and your Neighborhood Liaisons. In a disaster communicate with your Neighborhood Liaisons to let them know your status. Keep their phone numbers handy. Check your own safety and that of your family. Volunteer to help others by reporting to your Neighborhood Liaison at the Rally Point.
• If you have children, make sure they understand and practice the evacuation plan and that they know the neighborhood rally point. You could be trapped, and they will need to know how to get help independently.
Please review the other Disaster pages on this web site.
Training programs will be announced, as they become available, in Emergency First Aid, Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) and other disaster skills. If you, or a member of your family, can volunteer for one of these programs and acquire a new skill it will be a great benefit to the community. For information about upcoming classes, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The address for correspondence to the Nicasio Disaster Council is: P.O. Box 146, Nicasio, CA 94946
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