Tahoe chief’s corner: Emergency preparedness — make a plan (part 1) | SierraSun.com

Tahoe chief’s corner: Emergency preparedness — make a plan (part 1)

Mike Brown

Prior to a disaster, each family must have a plan. You can begin this process by gathering family members and making sure each person is well-informed on potential hazards and community plans.

Discuss with them what you would do if family members are not home when a warning is issued. Additionally, your family plan should address the following:

Escape Routes: Draw a floor plan of your home. Use a blank sheet of paper for each floor. Mark two escape routes from each room. Make sure children understand the drawings. Post a copy of the drawings at eye level in each child’s room. Establish a place to meet in the event of an emergency and evacuation.

Evacuation Plans: When community evacuations become necessary, local officials provide information to the public through the media, door-to-door notification or citizen telephonic notification system such as Code Red. To register and receive alerts via email, cellphone, text messaging, go to http://www.readywashoe.com. You can also download Code Red application on your cell phone. You can also tune to 780 KOH AM radio.

Additionally, there may be circumstances under which you and your family feel threatened or endangered and you need to leave your home, school, or workplace to avoid these situations.

The amount of time you have to leave will depend on the hazard. Many disasters allow no time for people to gather even the most basic necessities, which is why planning ahead is essential.

Next week we will focus on the rest of the steps necessary to complete the Make a plan process.

As a reminder, the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District along with Washoe County Emergency Management, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, IVGID, and cooperating agencies will be hosting a Community Evacuation Drill on Saturday, May 30, from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

On the day of the drill, Incline Village and Crystal Bay will be receiving a robo 911 call, which will test the system.

The “Mill Creek Evacuation Drill” will affect the upper and lower Fairview neighborhoods, Tyrolian Village/Bitterbrush, and Lower Tyrolia area sub divisions, affecting roughly 1,100 residents. Residents are asked to voluntarily evacuate to the lower parking lot of Diamond Peak. Please visit http://www.nltfpd.net for a map of the affected areas.

Community information meetings will be held Saturday, May 16, 9:30-11:30 a.m., and Tuesday, May 19, 6-9p.m. at the Incline Station Training Room at 863 Tanager St.

“Chief’s Corner” is a regular feature in the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza from North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District Chief Mike Brown, offering information, tips and education material on fire safety, emergency preparedness and other pertinent topics.

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