Ongoing disasters & violence in our country have made clear, that there is an increased need for everyone to learn how to take steps to be ready in the case of an emergency. Being prepared, allows you to respond with confidence and helps to reduce the fear, anxiety and losses that accompany many emergencies. The Boston Society of Vulcans, in partnership with the American Red Cross, American Heart Association, Department of Public Health Fire Injury Prevention Program, Public Health Commission, Executive Office of Public Safety, and the Urban Public Safety Coalition, have partnered to offer training, for groups and individuals of all ages, to develop safety skills and resources to the community, that may safe a life......
Our goals through these programs & services are: 1) to raise the public's awareness of the natural and human-caused hazards that threaten them; 2) to educate people on what they can and should do to better protect themselves and their property; and 3) to motivate them to take those steps. We distribute a variety of materials designed by our partners to educate the public through electronic, printed and video materials as well as Public Service Announcements (PSAs) and community presentations that inform the public about how to stay safe to protect their home and families.
It is estimated that 75% percent of the families and homes in Boston are not prepared for a disaster, or have the basic safety skills to respond to a disaster, or emergency in their home......
Disaster can strike quickly and without warning. It can force you to evacuate your neighborhood or confine you to your home. What would you do if basic services--water, gas, electricity or telephones--were cut off? Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone right away. Therefore, the best way to make your family and your home safer is to be prepared before disaster strikes.
Floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, and other natural hazards rob families of their homes and belongings, cause major disruptions to businesses, and cost billions in property damage and economic losses. The soaring social and economic costs of disasters can be dramatically reduced if individuals, families, businesses, and communities take the necessary steps to reduce their vulnerability and properly prepare.
Through this program we offer disaster preparedness training along with a CPR First Aid program, designed to educate community members about the importance of being prepared, what to do , and how to find resources that will help them in the event of a disaster. The program includes a special focus on neighborhood residents working together to develop a disaster plan, along with kits and other needed personal supplies.
Make sure your family has a plan in place before a disaster occurs. Tips are provided on how to prepare for any event with a plan that includes a supplies kit and emergency checklist for your important personal considerations, items and documents. Emergencies can strike at any time. Be prepared with an Emergency Preparedness Kit, with a supplies including water, food, radio, a flashlight, batteries and more.
One of the instructions you may be given in an emergency where hazardous materials may have been released into the atmosphere is to shelter-in-place. This is a precaution aimed to keep you safe while remaining indoors. (This is not the same thing as going to a shelter in case of a storm.) Shelter-in-place means selecting a small, interior room, with no or few windows, and taking refuge there. It does not mean sealing off your entire home or office building.
Do you know where to go if you are told to evacuate your neighborhood, or city. In this section we will cover information on the citys evacuation routes, going to a shelter and the type of preparedness kit you will need to take.
What is Mass Dispensing? An area designed to provide medication as fast as possible to as many residents as possible to prevent illness in the event of a public health emergency. An undertaking on this scale requires the commitment of many volunteers, as the assumption is that state and federal resources will be overwhelmed and our success depends upon our communitys local resources. A part of this training will include: Stressing the need for volunteers for the Medical Reserve Corps- it is important to have a trained core of volunteers prepared in advance to best respond to an emergency. Extensive planning has been done to prepare in the event of a large scale medical emergency, or pandemic outbreak, but the need for volunteers to assist and for the public to be trained on how and where to respond is crucial in providing treatment and stopping the outbreak from spreading. Training also includes universal precautions such as proper handwashing, wearing masks and gloves and their proper disposal.