Page 6 - Chehalis Tribal Newsletter - May 2016
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Take steps to prepare for earthquakes

Contributed by Calvin Bray, FACT AND FANTASY flashlights, batteries and person, three-day supply of
Emergency Management radios, include a first-aid kit, food per person, hand tools;, a
Coordinator for the Chehalis Tribe The United States Geologic work gloves, sturdy shoes or portable ABC fire extinguisher,
Survey’s article “Earthquake boots, a week’s supply of any sanitation supplies for you and
Japan has recently been Fact and Earthquake Fantasy” prescription medications you your family and entertainment
hit with three very serious provides helpful information or your family might need, (toys, books, coloring books
earthquakes. It raises many about earthquakes in the credit card and cash, personal and crayons, playing cards).
questions about what could United States. It can be viewed identification, extra set of
happen along the West Coast at keys, matches in a waterproof 7: Bolt bookcases, china
during an earthquake. Don’t topics/megaqk_facts_fantasy. container, map of your area, cabinets, tall furniture, file
panic though – use common php. phone numbers of family cabinets, etc. to wall studs.
sense to be prepared in case and other important people Brace or anchor heavy
this type of emergency arises. 2. Know where your (doctors, veterinarians, etc.), electronics and other heavy
gas, electric and water main copies of insurance policies and items. Secure items that might
There are plenty of things shutoffs are and how to turn other important documents, fall. Move heavy or fragile
you can do right now to them off if there is a leak or special needs equipment items to lower shelves. Fasten
prepare if you live in an electrical short. Make sure (diapers, baby formula, hearing drawers and cabinet doors
earthquake-prone area: older members of the family aid batteries, spare eyeglasses, with latches or locks. Brace
can shut off utilities. etc.), three gallons of water per overhead light fixtures. Strap
1. Make sure each member your water heater to wall
of your family knows what to 3. Locate your nearest studs and bolt down any gas
do no matter where they are fire and police stations and appliances.
when earthquakes occur: emergency medical facility.
8. Ask an engineer
n Establish a meeting place 4. Talk to your neighbors about the seismic safety of
where you can all reunite about how they could they your home and/or business.
afterward. help you or how you could Unreinforced masonry
help them after an earthquake. structures can fail quickly
n Find out about during earthquakes. An
earthquake plans developed by 5. Take a Red Cross First inspection by a structural
your child’s school or day care. Aid and CPR Training course. engineer now can help you
decide if retrofitting will help
n Because transportation 6. Make a disaster your property withstand
might be disrupted, you should supply kit. Beyond the usual shaking.
keep emergency supplies
such as food, liquids and
comfortable shoes at work.

Protect yourself in case of an emergency

System provides early FORMS A: Yes, registration forms are aid from the police or fire
notification of danger available by contacting Glenda department.
Notification system enrollment McNair at 360-709-1603 or
The Chehalis Tribe is forms were sent out at the Circumstances that might
implementing the Teleira beginning of this month. If prevent a message from
VoiceCast Notification System, you have not received yours, Q: How will you recognize being delivered to you:
which allows public safety please contact Calvin Bray, a Teleira message?
communications or emergency Emergency Management n If your contact
management to quickly Coordinator for the Chehalis A: A Notification message information has changed and
notify tribal and community Tribe, at 360-709-1691 or will have a caller ID of 866- you have not registered the
members of an emergency that 623-8883, the same as the new information.
might affect our area. Flood Information line. All
Teleira system will be for any text messages come from a n If you have only cordless
Registering with the system message regarding the safety, random number generated phones in your home, the
allows tribal officials to send property or welfare of the by their text service. And all power is out and you did not
time-sensitive, general and community. These include emails sent out will come from register an alternate phone
emergency notifications by alerts such as hazardous traffic number or if you’re in an area
voice, SMS/text and/or email or road conditions, flood with poor cell phone service.
messages to individuals, groups advisories, evacuation notices, Q: What should you
and geographic areas. However, severe weather or a hostage do if you receive a Teleira n If your phone is not set up
you must register your contact situation. Only authorized message? to receive voicemail.
information to receive the officials have access to the
notifications. Information notification system. A: Listen carefully to the The Chehalis Tribe will
supplied when enrolling will entire message. Because conduct periodic notification
remain confidential. Q: Can you register other there’s no option to repeat the system tests and will receive
people in your household? message, it’s a good idea to a report of undelivered calls
The primary use of the provide an additional contact. or messages and will contact
Do not call 911 for further those individuals to determine
information unless directed to what the reason(s) might have
do so or if you need immediate been and work to resolve any
resulting issues.
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