October 24, 2013

Disaster Preparedness, Recovery & Response

 

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KEEP AN EMERGENCY KIT IN THE BASEMENT OR TRUNK OF YOUR CAR. A TYPICAL BACKPACK IS A GREAT WAY TO STORE EVERYTHING.

Items to consider packing:

Emergency Blanket                                        •First Aid Kit                                 •12-Hour Light Stick
Dust Mask                                                      •Vinyl Gloves                                •Work Gloves
Vital Records (copies)                                    •Flashlight                                    •Extra Batteries
Bottled Water                                                 •Bug Repellent                             •Identification IDs

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Located in South East Texas, our region is vulnerable to an array of hazards both natural and man-made disasters ranging from; fires to flooding, winter ice storms to hurricanes, which cause many more issues such as power outages, and even acts of terrorism. Now, no one enjoys the thought of a disaster hitting our city, but the fact of the matter is they do and will, raising the question: are you prepared? Here at Volunteer Houston we are committed to the safety and over all welfare of our community to ensure a brighter future. Volunteer Houston has developed a comprehensive and integrated emergency plan that provides the greater Houston area with knowledge to ensure the long-term safety and sustainability of its residents.  We are committed to supplying essential information to the volunteers of our community and general public; we as volunteers are obligated to serving our community and assisting our neighbors and our local emergency response personnel in times of disaster. Imagine no electricity, no gas, no clean water, no telephone service and the streets and stores are closed and you have no way to contact emergency personnel. What will you do? Volunteer Houston provides the basic information, the ideas and resources to help you to prepare for and respond to a disaster.

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VOAD nvoad_logoThe Texas Gulf Coast Region Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (TGCR VOAD) is a local association of the Texas State VOAD. TGCR VOAD consists of nonprofits and other organizations that have a role in short and long term recovery in the Greater Harris County and outlying areas. VOAD members play crucial role in disaster response. Learn More [section_heading][/section_heading] Flooding FEMA_NFIP_Know YOUR Risk_Anywhere it rains, it can flood. A flood is a general and temporary condition where two or more acres of normally dry land or two or more properties are inundated by water or mudflow. Many conditions can result in a flood: hurricanes, overtopped levees, outdated or clogged drainage systems and rapid accumulation of rainfall. Learn More [section_heading][/section_heading] Community Emergency Preparedness Corps (CEPC)  To meet that need, volunteer organizations must be able to help people make the greatest impact possible with not only their time, but also their talent, voice and money. Points of Light connects people to their power to create positive change and address the critical needs of our communities. Learn More   [section_heading]Recovery & Response[/section_heading] Citizens Emergency Response Teams (CERT) CERT promotes disaster awareness, for before, during and after a disaster happens.  CERT supports the community in basic disaster response skills, such as assisting in search and rescue, fire safety, crisis medical operations, and organization. Citizens that have CERT training will provide support to local Fire Departments, Law Enforcement, and other emergency response agencies. Learn More [section_heading][/section_heading]

Spontaneous Unaffiliated Volunteers

fusionSpontaneous Unffliated Volunteers (SUVs) are an essential part of disaster response and recovery efforts. SUV’s are just people in the community that feel the need to assist in a time of need.  SUV’s are vital to the community recovery process, both in a physical presence as well as psychologically. Learn More   [section_heading][/section_heading]

Disaster Recovery Plan

probono Our DRP is a guide that enables effective recovery support to disaster-impacted areas. It (DRP) provides a flexible structure that enables disaster recovery managers in conjunction with Emergency responders to operate in a unified and collaborative manner. It (DRP) also emphasizes on how best to restore, redevelop and revitalize the health, social, economic, natural and environmental fabric of the community and build a more resilient community. Learn More[section_heading][/section_heading]

BE PREPARED:

Untitled-7BEING INFORMED: www.ready.com Untitled-6MAKING A PLAN: www.ready.gov/make-a-plan Untitled-7MAKING A KIT: www.ready.gov/kit

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Volunteer Houston has many resources and programs that are available to anyone in Houston who wants to make a difference. Be sure to follow us by subscribing to our newsletter and following us on Facebook or Twitter.

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