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A community prepared for any type of emergency, with knowledge and vital information, is a community that will recover from a disaster quicker and cost effectively. Injuries and mortality rates are also drastically decreased and community involvement becomes very strong.

This can be accomplished with a professional approach to community preparedness. Due to current budget constraints, facing all US jurisdictions, community preparedness is usually the first item that suffers from budget constraints or lack of staff. USAEBN can help bridge this gap. USAEBN developed a community preparedness outreach program called “Community Readiness”.

This program will be focused on delivering readiness and recovery information to communities and organizations across the nation. The community Readiness 7 member team will monitor informational websites for organizations like FEMA, CDC, National Weather Service, USFA, USGS, NOAA and The Red Cross for information and develop articles, podcasts and online training courses.

During local / national emergencies the community readiness team will ensure recovery information is dispersed to the affected area and available 24 hours a day. During times of non-emergencies the team will prepare on-line educational courses, podcasts, on-site lectures and free community readiness drives, all designed to enhance the general population’s readiness and public health awareness.

 

Prject Goals

The Main Project Goal (MPG) is to save lives through education.
Training is one of the most important aspects of preparedness. During emergencies people panic! When people panic, they do not think, they react! They only react and people reaction is dependent on how they have been trained. So this makes training the most important aspect of preparedness. The return on investment for any training program is immense. It saves lives and decreases recovery cost for the community.

These objectives will be served by a combination of programs.


Online Courses
USAEBN has developed the USAEBN Prep Academy, an on-line educational portal, that will issue certifications for all USAEBN courses.

On-site Lectures
A 4 hour, on site lecture series on readiness and recovery subjects, directed by the local communities historical needs.

Readiness Drives
The main objective of all Readiness Drives is to raise awareness of Readiness needs and USAEBN services. USAEBN will set up booths at local points of interest and handout informational pamphlets.

USAEBN Lighthouse
The USAEBN lighthouse is an 24 hour Emergency Information Portal, where citizens can visit and receive up to the minute local weather, Travel conditions (Both Airlines and Traffic), Read Cross Shelter information, Disaster declarations and Daily Briefing From FEMA and the National Weather Service.

The local citizen will also have available contact information for government offices, County Emergency Information and Public Services (Utilities, Educational systems, hospital locations).

"Similar to the lighthouses of old, USAEBN Lighthouse can be your guiding light to safety, in the 21st Century".

Technical Scope

 The Community Readiness Outreach program is designed to better prepare the community at large which includes private citizens, businesses and organizations. This will be accomplished by utilizing technological advances available to the general population which includes mobile phones, internet, social media and emails.

So far, the 21st century is showing us is that we are an “on-demand” society. People live very busy lives and important information needs to be available all the time, not just at the time of the incident. USAEBN takes this into consideration when developing the Community Readiness Outreach program.

The community readiness outreach program will not only inform the general population about readiness and recovery options, but we will also produce easy to use on-line training and on-site lectures, plus web based conferences all intended to increase awareness and better prepare the nation for any type of disaster that we might face in the 21st century, Natural, man-made or Medical.

Since there is a high possibility of delays in government response to a disaster, the President developed the Presidential Policy Directive 8 (PPD-8) on national preparedness. PPD-8 “aims at strengthening the security and resilience of the United States through systematic preparation for the threats that pose the greatest risk to the security of the Nation, including acts of terrorism, cyber-attacks, pandemics, and catastrophic natural disasters” (Department of Homeland Security [DHS], 2013, p.1). PPD-8 also requests American citizens’ work with their local emergency responders and community businesses to develop emergency preparedness plan for their family and the community at large.
According to recent reports, over 70% of the general public is not prepared for any type of disasters and up to 40% of businesses fail to re-open after a disaster. One of the most cited reasons that people are unprepared is due to the lack of preparedness information. This makes community preparedness not only a lifesaving endeavor, but a critical local economic protection investment
Households can expect to average a home fire every 15 year or five fires in an average lifetime. Your household has a one in four chance of having a home fire large enough to be reported to a fire department during an average lifetime. Someone in your household also has a one in ten chance of suffering a fire injury in a home fire an average lifetime. More likely than not, this will be a minor injury suffered in a fire that you did not report to the fire department.

In order to assist communities in correcting this preparedness issue, USAEBN developed the USAEBN Community Readiness: To increase public awareness with preparedness information and to work with governmental and non-governmental organizations to help deliver a precise message and preparedness outreach to the American public. During these times of financial challenges to all organization, preparedness outreach and training are some of the first projects to suffer, and inadvertently the community suffers with the lack of preparedness and failed business due to lack of preparedness.

USAEBN was created by emergency professionals, volunteering their time, training and experiences to develop preparedness courses and broadcasting programing, all designed at educating the average citizens in order to preserve life and prosperity of the local community across America.

Tasks and Milestones

Tasks and Milestones

    1. Identify Communities in need of Readiness Training.
      1. Historical Disasters
      2. Heavy Loss of Life
      3. Recent Disasters
    2. Contact local organization and determine need
      1. Law Enforcement
      2. Emergency Departments
      3. Hospitals
      4. Fire Departments
      5. Community Service Programs
      6. VFWs
      7. American Legions
      8. Faith Based Organizations
    3. Design Readiness training tailored for that community
      1. Offer Prep Academy for online training
        1. Home Readiness
          1. Readiness Planning
          2. 21st Century Emergency Communications
          3. Readiness ABCs
          4. Shelter in place Awareness
        2. Pandemic Awareness
          1. Influenza Awareness
          2. Home Isolation Protocols
          3. N95 Awareness
        3. Home Medical Readiness
          1. Medical Advisors, Questions to ask.
          2. Home Isolation Protocols
          3. When to seek medical care
        4. Springtime Readiness
          1. Tornado Readiness
          2. Thunderstorm Readiness
          3. Flood Readiness
        5. Terrorism Awareness
          1. Active Shooter Readiness
        6. Summertime Readiness
          1. Excessive Heat Preparedness
          2. Swimming Pool Safety
          3. Travel Safety
          4. Summer Defensive Driving
        7. Earthquake Readiness
        8. Business Readiness
          1. Business Pandemic Readiness
          2. Safety net introduction
      2. Onsite community lectures
        1. CPR
          1. Good Samaritan Laws
          2. Emergency Action
          3. 3c's of CPR
          4. Basic Life Support
          5. Rescue Breathing
          6. Heart Attacks
          7. CPR
          8. AED
        2. First Aid
          1. Shock
          2. Wound Care
          3. Bleeding
          4. Burns
          5. Serious Injuries
          6. Sudden Illness
          7. Poisons
          8. Bites and Stings
          9. Heat and Cold Emergencies
        3. Home Fire Safety
          1. Emergency Evacuation
          2. Fire Extinguishers
          3. Utilities Shutoffs
      3. Radio programs
        1. Develop Podcasts and Live radio programs that educate the community on current events and readiness ideas.
      4. Develop USAEBN Lighthouse website for that community.
    4. Develop marketing plan for local industries funding
      1. Grants / Donations
      2. Industrial Safety Services
      3. Local USAEBN Store
    5. Prepare Churches for emergency response
      1. Train church members
        1. ICS
        2. Communications
        3. Generator Use
        4. Food Distribution
        5. Shelter Operations
        6. Field Surveys'
        7. Emergency Medical
        8. Isolation Protocols
        9. Site Security
    6. Develop Readiness Advertising Campaign
      1. Social Media
      2. Local Advertising Print Media
      3. Readiness Drives in the local community
    7. Provide Emergency information for small business
    8. Provide Emergency information for industrial business
    9. Communicate with county emergency departments.