September 8, 2014 by Aaron Wesley HannahThe concept of the month is to raise awareness for families, communities and businesses to put into action a preparedness plan incase of a natural or man-made disaster. Aaron has a lot of world experience with real-life stories and examples that contributes to us all. Aaron's examples strengthened my ability to learn and he opened my eyes to the possibility of learning about things I didn't know. Disasters affect millions of people each year on a personal, business, local community or national level. It is widely understood that the non-profit sector is crucial to the survival and well-being of the vulnerable, underprivileged and underserved communities who would be most affected in the event of a major disaster in the Bay Area. The participants also recognized the vital role of faith communities in preparing for disasters. MessagingCurrent emergency management messaging focuses on the negative, or advocating preparedness, in order to prevent negative results such as the loss of property or life. All agreed that the media is an important constituent in any initiative on preparedness and resiliency. The approach shall include significant outreach components in the form of marketing and media to create a 'public' and gain support from politicians.The approach shall include research to develop metrics to baseline and demonstrate progress.
However, there is considerable skepticism about the inherent capability of these organizations to function effectively if a disaster strikes. Nonetheless, the group agreed that it was unreasonable to expect the government to be the sole provider of disaster response and recovery services and had mixed views on the level of preparedness and effectiveness of the office of emergency services at the city, region, state and national levels.
While many organizations in this sector have begun to create business continuity and disaster preparedness plans, many others have not.
He suggested that the key to creating enduring and sustainable community resiliency was in sharing resources and knowledge and forging trust among the various actors charged with serving the community. He cited this conference and other initiatives under the aegis of Northern California Grantmakers, The San Francisco Foundation and the United Way, which are all directed at gaining knowledge about gaps in disaster preparedness so that philanthropy can focus on addressing these gaps before a disaster, and also understand how to best use resources immediately after a disaster. There was wide recognition of the need for the creation of a coordinating organization to aggregate efforts, establish metrics and standards, facilitate cooperation and partnerships and advocate for disaster management policy change. Finding answers to these and other questions will ensure greater safety and success when dealing with disaster. Focusing on preparedness for one hazard in lieu of another creates missed opportunities for leveraging investment and optimizing community resiliency. These reviews summarized existing measures of preparedness at the household level, organization level and community level using both primary and secondary data. However, it was also clear that many felt that the Bay Area was more prepared than other regions in the country due to frequent natural disaster exposure and experience in responding to those incidents.Richard Eisner, Regional Administrator, Southern Region Branch of the Governor's Office of Emergency Services, reflected on his career and experience in hazards management.
He reminded the group about relevance of population diversity and the inabilities of the system to address the needs of the most vulnerable populations in disaster scenarios. Tierney concluded her presentation by providing a framework for measuring disaster preparedness that could be used across sectors and levels of analysis with existing indicators and instruments and included eight dimensions. Be Ready Brookings (BRB) is a preparedness website created by the Brookings County Pandemic Planning and Coordination Committee (PPCC). After preparing yourself and your family for potential disasters or emergencies by getting a kit, making a plan and being informed, take the next step and get involved in preparing your community. The Brookings County Emergency Management Office has programs to help citizens and organizations prepare for disaster.Robert Hill is the Brookings County Emergency Management Director and Meghan Thoreau is the Deputy Director.


If you log onto the Brookings County Emergency Management website you will notice a link for National Incident Management System (NIMS.) NIMS is a system that will provide a consistent nationwide approach for Federal, State, local, and tribal governments to work effectively and efficiently together to prepare for, prevent, respond to, and recover from domestic incidents, regardless of cause, size, or complexity. Find mitigation funding—A number of grant programs exist to fund disaster mitigation activities, reduce losses and protect life and property from future disaster damages. The discussion began with presentations by two non-profit organizations, both providing different perspectives on disaster preparedness. Estimates suggest that over 80% of the productive resources required for disaster response and recovery are controlled by the private sector. It was agreed that any initiative should include a component that objectively assesses and baselines current levels of preparedness and is able to chart progress from it. The golden rule for successful disaster management at all levels is to increase awareness, develop actions plans and practice them. Her view was that using fear to urge people to prepare for disasters was a disempowering and ineffective approach. CARD is built on the concept that preparing for disasters is an essential part of every person's responsibility to themselves, their organizations and their families. As a consequence, there is a lack of transparency around the allocation of resources, previously directed toward preparing for natural disasters.The experts agree that there needs to be an emphasis on advocacy around this subject and a strategy to elevate the subject on the agendas of local and national governments. Conference participants were selected through discussions with their peers who identified them as leaders and experts in the disaster management community. Makarem serves on the executive board for the Association of State Floodplain Managers Foundation and completed graduate studies at the George Washington University in engineering management with a focus on crisis, emergency and risk management. EMAP starts with a self-assessment online which is followed by an on-site visit from five assessors who conduct a week-long review and audit of disaster preparedness plans and then make recommendations. He reiterated the critical importance of local preparedness and spoke to the effectiveness of various models of community participation in disaster planning that had emerged in the past and dissolved due to the lack of funding and political will. You may have learned through your planning and preparation that there are businesses or organizations that do not have an emergency or disaster plan.
The operations in their office include Brookings County Local Emergency Planning Committee, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), and Citizens Corp. It is important to be familiar with NIMS and also ICS or Incident Command System as it is under this system that our county, state and nation will respond to disasters.
Roles and Responsibilities are clearly defined in these plans to avoid communication and response failures. Ana-Marie Jones, Executive Director of Collaborative Agencies Responding to Disasters (CARD), followed with a plea to revisit current messaging and methods around disaster preparedness.
Peter Ohtaki, Director of Business Executives for National Security (BENS), spoke to their model of partnerships between the private sector and the government around issues of disaster preparedness and national security.
Disaster preparation should include knowing what these function are, who performs them and what they require to continue to perform in a disaster environment.
Research around the social response of citizens during times of emergency shows that even those who are not members of a faith community reach out to local churches, synagogues and mosques for assistance. It is clear that there needs to be a realistic and achievable strategy for incorporating faith communities in any local disaster preparedness initiative. Several participants felt that messaging around disaster preparedness could be made more positive by focusing on community resiliency and economic development. It is hoped that this exercise would lead to proposed ways to assess preparedness, so that gaps, if any, can be funded by the philanthropic community prior to the onset of a large-scale disaster.


Log onto their websites to learn more about these groups and how you may become part of them to aid in a county response to a disaster. IntroductionThe intent of Assessing Disaster Preparedness was to have an honest and open dialogue with key stakeholders across different sectors about the level of preparedness in the Bay Area to respond to a major natural hazard such as an earthquake.
Colin Lacon, President and CEO of Northern California Grantmakers, spoke to the role of philanthropy in preparing for disasters.
The group recommended that while measurement tools are being developed, there begin to be movement forward toward the prioritization of gaps and execution of solutions. Kathleen Tierney, Director of the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado, formally opened the conference by reviewing the results of the previous day's discussions among the most prominent academics on disaster preparedness and management . Further, many participants felt that having a common framework and definition of disaster preparedness, and a common metric to assess preparedness and delineate gaps could stimulate funding and collaboration.
Some members of the group felt strongly that there was an absence of strong leadership and that the subordination of FEMA to the Department of Homeland Security and the focus on terrorism had severely affected the nation's capability to respond to natural disasters.
Learn how faith-based and volunteer organizations are prepared to respond to disasters and ask if there is a role for you in their response plan. For example, BAREPP, (Bay Area Regional Earthquake Preparedness Project) existed in various forms between 1983 and 2002. Throughout the conference and in the afternoon discussion around preparing for disasters five core themes emerged, around which the group coalesced and formed consensus.
Call for ActionJim Aldrich of the San Francisco Office of Emergency Services summarized the call to action as follows, "There is a sense of urgency in the Bay Area emergency management community. Many in the room felt that emergency management and disaster preparedness were a 'policy without a public', and as a consequence did not get the prominence or importance that they deserved from city or state officials.
It was agreed that at the current time, no one could speak to the level of resiliency or preparedness in any community in the United States as there are no common tools or metrics. One weakness with the government is the lack of information within and outside about level of preparedness and enhancements to preparedness due to lack of standardized metrics and measures. LeadershipCurrently there is no constituency for emergency management, which was referred to by a participant as a 'policy without a public.' While most people in the Bay Area agree that disaster preparedness is important, it is not an issue that is at the top of the lists of politicians. The group would like to begin development of a strategy for deciding which issues to tackle first and how and who should lead these efforts. While it was agreed that there is a great deal of activity and thinking around disaster preparedness, different stakeholders often have limited visibility to the activities of others. In addition there were representatives from various city governments and national disaster preparedness organizations and emergency preparedness accreditation organizations (see Participant List). The conference was sponsored by the Hewlett Foundation, The San Francisco Foundation and PG&E as an initial component of a project that seeks to provide an objective, third-party view of the landscape of disaster preparedness. Among the activities were two reviews of the preparedness metrics literature conducted by Jeannette Sutton and Dr.




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