EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

Make the George Washington Region as prepared as possible to respond to and recover from natural disasters that will be coming with higher frequency and intensity due to a changing climate. Coordinate planning across all regional emergency response entities and optimize the use of regional resources.

 

Action

Publish a report on risks and potential impacts that exist now, and those that can be expected in the next decade because of climate change. Target audience is both the public at large and regional emergency response agencies.

2015 Goal

Identify grant funding for such a report. Develop an outline and a list of data needed. Bring University faculty, students and appropriate community partners into a working group.

Leader

University of Mary Washington faculty and students

Achieved?

Work with regional and state emergency response agencies to examine emergency plans and infrastructure already in place, and identify resources needed to speed recovery and to make the region as self-sufficient as possible.

Gather all regional emergency response plans and identify redundancies or missing links. Work with emergency response community to prioritize these needs and identify at least one that CLEAR can help with immediately.

University of Mary Washington faculty and students to engage regional emergency response community

 

Identify opportunities to prevent damage, disruption and loss of life and property from floods, hurricanes, storms, extreme temperature events and other meteorological and climatic threats the region can expect. Act on these opportunities.

 

Action

Promote a common understanding of where to go for information in emergencies.

 

2015 Goal

Use CLEAR communications plan to promote regional emergency alert services and to boost subscriptions to text, e-mail and other mobile alerts. Promote local media that broadcast relevant information.

 

Leader

University of Mary Washington students and faculty, working with emergency services Public Information Officers

 

Achieved?

 

Establish widespread understanding of where to go for help in an emergency.

Publicize information about emergency shelter locations. Plan and schedule regional preparedness drills on the institutional and individual levels.

 

University of Mary Washington students and faculty, working with emergency response agencies

 

 

Identify and promote the needs of the most vulnerable populations to those in a position to help.

 

Interview advocates for the elderly, disabled, mentally ill and hospital and health department administrators about needs. Organize this information into an actionable document.

 

 

Emergency Preparedness working group

 

 

IN PROGRESS

PARTNERS:

American Red Cross

Regional emergency services agencies

Regional press, radio and Web outlets

Federal Emergency Management Agency Virginia Department of Emergency Management Schools

Hospitals

Health Department

Large employers and large retailers FREDericksburg Regional Transit

University students

 

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