Community Resiliency for the Inland NW
INW Community Resiliency

Emergency/Disaster Preparedness for the Inland NW
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To become a Resilient Community and maintain our quality of life, we all need to be informed, and get involved, in preparing to face many challenges including: climatic, geological, health, technological, criminal & economic. Community Resiliency is a holistic approach to preparedness that is based on the inter-dependencies between all individuals, neighborhoods, businesses, farmers, organizations and agencies within a geographical region.

This website is primarily focused on the Inland Northwest which consists of Eastern Washington and North Idaho with Spokane being the hub.

We encourage everyone to have supplies stored beyond just a 72 hour kit but we know this is not always practical or feasible for some items (medications …) or for some people (limited income or space …). So we also need to promote the local production of necessities. Through supporting local farmers, community gardens and farmers markets, we can help keep local land in food production while retaining farming skills so we are not as dependent on outside resources.

You will find a multitude of links to the many involved organizations. Please check out the Volunteer Opportunities page where you can find many opportunities to learn more while you assist others in need.

Spokane County has an Emergency Notification System (ENS), Alert Spokane, that is able to send emergency messages via telephone, cellular phone or Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) to residents and businesses located within Spokane County. This system may be used by emergency response personnel to notify specific homes and businesses at risk with specific information about an emergency event. You will only be called when the associated address will be impacted by an emergency. Please click here to go to the AlertSpokane site for more information and to register your cell and VOIP phones. For those that live in other counties, please click here for links to their ENS registration pages.

Washington State Emergency Management has just put out an updated Emergency Preparedness Guide that is packed full of useful information. Click here for access to the online version.

Our local Access and Functional Needs (AFN) Committee members are dedicated to assisting those with AFN, and the organizations that serve them, in preparing for emergencies and disasters. We invite anyone wishing to participate to come to our meetings (we do not meet in July and August) or contact us for further information. Please go to our AFN webpage for additional information and resources.

Our local Access and Functional Needs (AFN) Committee sponsored a "Meet & Greet" event on June 10th to connect organizations supporting AFN populations with the local resources available to assist them. Attached is a list of the organizations that participated and their contact information. We feel this was a very successful first event and look forward to providing more of these events so other organizations can also benefit.

Spokane Regional Health District just produced an excellent infographic illustrating the type and magnitude of needs within our community and includes a Resource Contact List.

We have recently updated our brochure on Preparedness and Involvement in both disaster preparedness and crime prevention. This is a large file but the brochure and is also available at many COPS andSCOPE stations along with public libraries and city halls in Spokane County.

Wiki launches Accessibility Toolkit to empower people with disabilities to use social media to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters. Click here for more information.

Disease Transmission Prevention. To protect ourselves and others from diseases, such as pertussis, flu and colds, we all need to practice better hand and respiratory hygiene. Please see the information that has been extracted from other organizations on hand washing techniques and respiratory safety.

Do you have questions about what type of mask may help you from contracting the pandemic flu or other airborne viruses? Please see this article for some valuable information.

Smoke Alarms
There are many different brands of smoke alarms available on the market but they fall under two basic types: 1) Ionization alarms which sound more quickly when a flaming, fast moving fire occurs and 2) Photoelectric alarms which are quicker at sensing smoldering, smoky fires. There are also combination smoke alarms that combine ionization and photoelectric into one unit, called dual sensor smoke alarms.
The USFA recommends the installation of both ionization and photoelectric or dual sensor smoke alarms. Most alarms have a life span of about 8-10 years after which the entire unit must be replaced. It is a good idea to write the date of purchase with a marker on the inside of your alarm so you will know when to replace it. CAUTION: the "test" button only tests the battery - it does not indicate that the sensor is no longer good.
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In line with our promoting citizen involvement in organizations such as SCOPE, CERT, COPS, HEART, etc. we also promote citizens using radios for emergency communications. When phones (cell and landline) are down, radio equipment is the most effective way to send and receive important messages. Citizens with inexpensive short-range FRS and CB radios can effectively team up with amateur (ham) operators with their greater range and capabilities to seek assistance for their families and neighborhoods. Please read this article produced by World Net Daily and check out the National SOS Radio Network site promoting citizens and ham operators working together.

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Page last updated on 5/20/16


This site is developed for the citizens of the INW by Christopher S Barnes of Spokane Emergency Management, with valuable assistance from local emergency responders.

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