A one-stop site for disaster info

By Adam Spencer, The Triplicate May 20, 2013 04:29 pm

In Crescent City, the tsunami capital of the Lower 48, people might have frequently asked questions:

Where can I quickly find a map of the tsunami evacuation zones?

How can I prepare my home and family before a disaster strikes? 

How could I become more involved in emergency and disaster planning in Del Norte County?

A new one-stop website, PrepareDelNorte.com, answers all of those questions and provides much more information related to disaster planning in the county.

The home page features daily weather conditions, a rolling calendar of disaster preparation events, and in the event of an actual emergency, a red banner will decorate the top of the page to inform the community.

Maps of tsunami evacuation zones from Gold Beach to Eureka are offered under the “Tsunami Zone” tab.

Under the Emergency Resources section of PrepareDelNorte.com, you can find quick and easy links for Del Norte County tsunami and flood watches and warnings, earthquakes in the last hour or 24 hours, power outages, road closures and forest fires. There is even a list of links on how to prepare emergency supply kits.

The slew of organizations that comprise Del Norte’s active disaster and emergency response community is also represented, each with its own section that will include information on upcoming events and classes and information on how to get involved.

Those groups include:

• The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), a group of individuals trained to be community first-responders in a disaster.

• The Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) and Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD), which coordinate with county officials to respond in certain ways in the event of a disaster.

• The Disaster Animal Response Team (DART), which teaches people to make plans for their animals before disaster strikes.

• Neighbors Helping Neighbors (the only group without a nifty acronym), a program to help neighborhoods prepare to work together in a disaster.

Each section has information on how to get involved or simple email templates to start your own Neighbors Helping Neighbors group.

The website was funded by a grant acquired by Del Norte County Office of Emergency Service from the Public Health Preparedness Capabilities program of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The website was developed by Heather Holt, who designed the project, and Andrew Butcher, who was the technical guru behind the clean, easy-to-navigate website.

Check it out at PrepareDelNorte.com.

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