Are You Prepared for Flooding or Other Disasters?

by Catherine Haug, April 17, 2011, updated April 27, 2011 (red text)

Local news reports are projecting major flooding in the Flathead this spring; some parts of Montana are already seeing flooding. But this is not the only natural disaster that can befall us here. Our mountains are of volcanic origin; a major fault line traverses our valley; violent winds and avalanche are common; forest and other fires happen every year.

Are you prepared? Is your community prepared?

ESP is planning an evening discussion for our regular July 20, 2011 gathering, on the topic of community awareness for emergency response & preparation. This event will be held at:

Bethany Lutheran Church, 8559 Mt Highway 35, Bigfork, (basement)

Located just south of the junction of Highways 35 and 209

By then, we should all have begun to recover from the 2011 flood that is predicted for all of Montana, so we will know how important it is to be prepared for any disaster, that can come without warning.

The following will be attending the event to assist with the discussion and address questions that arise during discussion.

  • Marv –  Assistant Fire Chief Ferndale
  • Wayne – Bigfork Fire Chief
  • Cindy – Flathead Co. Assistant Director, Office of Emergency Services
  • Steve – Lake Co. Coordinator Office of Emergency Services
  • Susan – Director, Flathead Center for the Aging

To prepare yourselves for potential disaster and also for this discussion event, check out the and documents listed below.

See also Event Sunmary: Bigfork Prepares for 2011 Flooding, and Preparing an Emergency 96-Hour (4-Day) Food Pack.

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Table of Contents items in the Are You Ready? An In-Depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness:

  • Preface
  • Why Prepare
  • Basic Preparedness
    • Getting Informed
    • Emergency Planning and Checklists
    • Assemble Disaster Supplies Kit
    • Shelter
    • Hazard Specific Preparedness
    • Practicing and Maintaining Your Plan
  • Natural Hazards
    • Floods
    • Tornadoes
    • Hurricanes
    • Thunderstorms and Lightning
    • Winter Storms and Extreme Cold
    • Extreme Heat
    • Earthquakes
    • Volcanoes
    • Landslide and Debris Flow (Mudslide)
    • Tsunamis
    • Fires
    • Wildfires
  • Technological Hazards
    • Hazardous Materials Incidents
    • Household Chemical Emergencies
    • Nuclear Power Plants
  • Terrorism
    • General Information about Terrorism
    • Explosions
    • Biological Threats
    • Chemical Threats
    • Nuclear Blast
    • Radiological Dispersion Device (RDD)
    • Homeland Security Advisory System
  • Recovering from Disaster
  • Appendix A: Water Conservation Tips
  • Appendix B: Disaster Supplies Checklists
  • Appendix C: Family Communications Plan

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