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4A Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012 Feather River Bulletin Emergency: County, hospitals prepare jointly continued from page 1A the school district to stage a mock situation involving "an active shooter" in Greenville, which included the sheriff. The city of Portola also has an emergency plan in place. Sipe said that the plains should complement one another. During a presentation to the college's board of trustees in November, an emergency preparedness consultant said that the college should work with the county when developing its plan. (See related story.) While county department heads play a role during a disaster situation, so do all county employees. They are designated as disaster service workers. Other such designees include fire department members and their auxiliaries, search and rescue volunteers, amateur radio PREPARE A FAMILY EMERGENCY PLAN Discuss the types of disasters that are most likely to happen and what to do in each case. Post emergency telephone numbers near telephones. Teach children how and when to dial 911 and how to make a Iong-distanc e phone call. Learn how to turn off the water, gas and electricity at your home. Pick two places to meet in case family members become separated. Choose a safe place right outside your home in case of a sudden emergency, like a fire. Choose a second place outside of your neighborhood in case you can't return home. Choose a friend or relative as an out-of-town contact person in the event of a disaster. It is often easier to mike a long-distance phone call than a local call from a disaster area. If your family members get separated, they should call this person as soon as possible to tell them where they are. Determine escape routes from your home and safe places within your home for different types of disasters. Complete a family communications plan and include contact information for family members, work and school. Graeagle . .' . 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Email: mail@plumasnews.com Website: plumasnews.com Ownership and heritage: The Bulletin was established Aug. 11, 1866, as the Plumas National (later changed to Plumas National Bulletin May 16, 1892) subsequently changed to its present name May 7, 1931, which merged with the Plumas Independent (1892 - 1945) June 7, 1945. Published weekly. It is part of the Feather Publishing family of newspapers serving Plumas and Lassen counties. Deadlines: Display advertising: Thursday 4 p.m.; display classified: Thursday, 3 p.m.; legals: Thursday 4 p.m.; news: Fridays, 3 p.m.; classified: Monday 9 a.m. Breaking news: anytimel To subscribe: Call (530) 283-0800, come to the Bulletin office, use the handy coupon below or send email to subscriptions@plumasnews.com Adjudication: The Feather River Bulletin is adjudicated a legal newspaper by Superior Court Decree No. 4644 (1953) and qualified for publication of matters required by law to be published in a newspaper. Postmaster. Send change of address orders to the Feather River Bulletin, P.O. Box B, Quincy, CA 95971. Michael C. Taborski Sandy Condon Co-Owner/Publisher Human Resources Dir., Office Manager Keri Taborski Sherd McConnell Co-0wner/Legal Advertising Display Advertising Manager Kevin Mallory Cobey Brown Vice Pres./Admin. Vice Pres./0perati0ns Dan McDonald Tom Fomey Managing Editor Production Manager Jenny Lee Elise Monroe Photo Editor Bookkeeper Mary Newhouse Eva Small Classified, Circ. Manager Composing Manager | Feather River-- --"Bulletin P.O. Box B, Quincy, CA 95971 I I Please enter my subscription for __ years. I I [ Enclosed find my check for $ I I l In County $26 per year [i Out of State $44 per year ( In Califomia $37 per year. I I Name I I I I Add"s ' I I City, State, Zip I SalI M be , It mt retrial IL  i i i i  ,= = i i i i _Ill Operators and Red Cross workers. Sipe encourages others Who would like to assist in an emergency to become affiliated with one of those organizations. Personal preparedness In addition to being prepared to address countywide issues, Sipe said it's important for county personnel and volunteers to ensure that they and their families are prepared t PACK A FAMILY as well. He also encourages all county residents to take basic measures to be prepared in an emergency. The county's website includes a 25-page guide for individuals called the "Emergency Preparedness Quide for Plumas County Residents." (See adjacent excerpts of how your family can be prepared for an emergency situation.) To view the full packet, visit the office of emergency services page on EMERGENCY KIT The best time to prepare an emergency kit is before you need it. This information is taken from the "Emergency Preparedness Guide for Plumas County Residents." To view the entire guide, visit countyofplumas.com. Keep enough supplies on hand to meet your needs for at least three days, preferably seven. Store your emergency items in sturdy, waterproof and easy-to-carry containers such as backpacks, duffel bags, plastic storage bins with lids or clean, covered trash cans. Things you should try to include or have on hand are: Water -- One gallon per person per day. Store water in unbreakable containers, identify the storage date and replace every six months. Use commercially packaged water or you can use clean plastic liter soda bottles. Do not use milk or juice containers because they cannot be cleaned adequately for storing drinking water. Food  A supply of non- perishable packaged or canned foods, which require minimal cooking. Be sure to include a manual can opener. Use or replace stored foods every six months if possible. One change of sturdy clothes and shoes and one blanket or sleeping bag per person. FRC, from page 1A that it was his job to "help colleges streamline and get better prepared." During his research, Aufhauser discovered that the college "doesn't have anything that resembles an emergency operations plan." But Feather River College isn't alone. Aufhauser is helping community colleges across the state write a plan and meet state requirements. But it goes beyond simply having a plan in place. Small household tools such as: --Battery-powered radio. --Flashlight. --Extra batteries. --Utility/Boy Scout knife. --Bowls,. cups and silverware. --Dish towels. --Can opener. --Lighter or matches. --Fire extinguisher. Basic first aid kit including prescription medicines. An extra set of car and house keys, personal identification, credit cards and cash or traveler's checks. Keep important family papers (e.g., birth certificates, passports, etc.) in a waterproof container or plastic bag. List of family physicians and ' medications.. List of important family information and phone numbers. Personal items such as: --Toothbrush and toothpaste. --Shampoo. --Toilet paper and feminine supplies. --Anti-bacterial hand wipes or gel. Sanitation supplies such as: --Large plastic bags for waste or to use as tarps and rain ponchos. --Bar soap and liquid detergent. --Household bleach. --Rubber gloves. , r , Aufhauser said that it needs to be shared with other agencies, in particular with the county, and it "can't be a secret; it needs to be reasonably available." Additionaliy, the college needs to run drills and conduct emergency exercises so that when a real emergency occurs, faculty, staff and students are ready. Aufhauser said it's even more important in rural areas where outside assistance may not be available immediately. He said the trustees need to think in terms of roads being .... '%i11 !Lii   :i*::: : ''i i':; li' : ": ' i? 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Sipe's primary role with the county is as its environmental health director, but he devotes a lot of time to his other work as the OES director. When asked if dealing with the threats of what could happen ever become overwhelming, he said that he feels better knowing that the county is prepared. He also said that he would rather weather an emergency situation in Ptumas County than anywhere else. He cited the mandatory evacuations during the Chips Fire as evidence of that. "We only had to help a couple of people," he said. "Everyone here is so self- sufficient and they "also have the support of neighbors, family and friends. "There is a broad safety net," he continued. "It's a big reason why we all choose to live here." HOW TO PREPARE FOR A POWER OUTAGE The following information is included in the "Emergency Preparedness Guide for Plumas County Residents." More power- related tips are available at pge.com. Keep a supply of canned and other easily prepared food and water in your house. Have flashlights, lanterns and fresh batteries on hand. Avoid using candles. Have a battery-powered radio and extra batteries for emergency updates. when a storm is imminent, have at least half a tank of gas in your car and know how to use the manual option on the electric garage door opener. It is a good idea to have some cash on hand since ATMs may not be operating. If you are on a private well and an electric pump is needed to supply you with water, fill the bathtub and spare containers with water when a storm is coming. Know how to properly use the generator to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Keep a supply of dry wood if your house uses wood heat. Have a probe thermometer on hand to check food temperatures. WHAT TO DO DURING A POWER OUTAGE If the power goes off, unplug electronics such as televisions and computers. Do not use unvented heating devices for an alternate heat source due to the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Keep refrigerated and frozen foods cold by keeping the doors closed. An unopened, full freezer will keep foods safely for up to two days. An unopened refrigerator can safely keep foods for up to four hours'. Never touch a downed power line. Always assume it is energized. Call 911. If a power line lands on your car, do not get out. Call 911. Do not touch metal objects in the car. If you must leave the car because of something life- threatening like a fire, jump out far enough so that no part of your body is touching the car. Land with both feet on the ground at the same time and shuffle to a safe distance. closed, and phone and fax lines being down. There should be a designated incident commander, which Aufhauser advised shouldn't be the college president, because he or she would be tending to a variety of other responsibilities. He suggested that Nick Boyd, the college's facilities director, might be a good choice and that there be a designated line of succession in the event Boyd wasn't available during the emergency. Some emergencies can't be Prevented, such as earthquakes or severe storms, but some can be averted. Aufhauser said that the college "needs to push prevention for people of risk" and cited the situation in Colorado where a troubled student fired upon moviegoers during a premiere of "The Dark Knight." He said there also has to be a "timely notification" system in place so that everyone on campus can be alerted in event of an emergency. Aufhauser listed a number of items that need to be considered during an emergency from having an engineer available to certify buildings for occupancy to being able to suspend normal purchasing practices and giving someone the "authority to access emergency funding." In implementing an emergency response, Aufhauser said there have to be "clear trigger points; the decision can't be arbitrary." Once the immediate emergency is over, there should be a business continuation plan to implement. Since Aufhauser was addressing the trustees, he said it was also important for each of them to have their own emergency preparedness plan and recommended that they each have a "go-bag" stashed in their car. The bag would contain such essentials as food, water, medicines, clothing and blankets -- items that could sustain them for a couple of days. Last gnonth's meeting was just the beginning of FRC's preparation. "Emergency preparedness is a marathon; it is not a sprint," Aufhauser told the trustees at the conclusion of his presentation. "You need to move purposely forward and strive for compliance." Exquisite Lighting Carpets Hardwood/. 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