Last year’s snow flurry taught us that the city isn’t always prepared for or equipped to deal with a natural disaster.
Angela Wallis, a Capitol Hill resident, wants to help her neighbors be prepared in case of any emergency.
She’s putting together a group called the Capitol Hill Preparedness People! (CHiPP!), open to anyone interested in educating themselves on how to respond to large or small scale disasters. Scenarios include snow storms, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tsunamis and terrorist attacks.
Angela has done her homework. She completed 30 hours of emergency preparedness training through the Community Emergency Response Training (CERT), which included a 3 hour mock disaster drill. Then, she completed the 6-hour “Seattle Neighborhoods Actively Prepare” training on utility shut-off and fire suppression, provided by City of Seattle. She is trained in search and rescue, personal preparedness, disaster medical operations, fire suppression and disaster psychology. She also serves on the Sustainable Capitol Hill planning committee.
Angela doesn’t have a date set for the first community meeting, but is planning to host one in January.
“My goal is to have at least 30 neighbors actively involved in preparing themselves and their families with 3-day emergency kits,” said Angela. “It is also my goal that the 30 of us form response teams. These teams will be “assigned” different duties in the case of an emergency. [Roles will include] search and rescue, medical assist, utility shut-off [and others].”
Emergency kits should include all necessities for 3 days, including food, water, clothing, toiletries, medication and pet care items for every member of the household.
“This is all about making our neighborhood feel powerful in the face of difficult situations,” said Angela. “We’re a young, vibrant, largely educated community and are very capable of doing some preparation to keep us safe and healthy when things get rough.”
You can email Angela at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and follow her on Twitter @amwallis .