Introduction, Goals, Objectives and Participation Requirements
II. Program Goals
III. Program Objectives
IV. Coordinator Goals
V. Coordinator Objectives
VI. Coordinator Requirements to Participate
Often after the onset of an emergency or disaster, the resources of law enforcement, fire/rescue
and medical/evacuation personnel are stretched to the limit and may not be
immediately available when they are needed most. Coupled with this is the fact
that the first few minutes and hours are the most critical in terms of
aiding the injured and saving lives.
To be most effective in the aftermath of a disaster, two factors are key;
preparedness of the community, and quick response to the emergency. The
EMCOM Community Preparedness Coordinator program was established to provide
a decentralized, community based preparedness and response mechanism in
each neighborhood in the country. It is built upon a foundation of
dedicated volunteers who have taken on a leadership role in their
community in helping their neighbors prepare for emergencies,
and help coordinate their actions should disaster strike.
Careful coordination of efforts is required in both the preparedness and
response aspects of emergency situations. Nothing is more critical to that
coordination effort than fast, secure, effective communications through
numerous media. EMCOM provides facets of that communication, and
a comprehensive set of utilities to further coordination.
The goals of the Community Preparedness Coordinator (CPC) program are:
- To reduce loss of life, injuries, and property damage during and after
emergencies/disasters through a program of preparedness and response;
- To create a more manageable scene environment for professional emergency
responders after a disaster;
- Enhance the ability for their community to recover (physically, economically, and emotionally from emergencies/disasters;
- Enhance the community strength and spirit by planning and working together.
The EMCOM Community Preparedness Coordinator Program was built to fulfill
the following objectives:
- To recruit volunteer leaders from each community/neighborhood in the
nation to serve their neighbors as Community Preparedness Coordinators (CPCs)
- To provide CPCs with the orientation, guidance and training necessary to
make them effective leaders in offering and aiding their neighbors in
disaster preparedness prior to an emergency, and leadership in performing
the necessary actions its wake.
- To provide CPCs with alternate means of receiving emergency notifications.
- To provide CPCs with the administrative tools, programs and materials
required to efficiently and effectively provide the administration and coordination of their preparedness and recovery efforts.
from various emergency agencies/organizations both public and private.
- To provide CPCs with direct 2 way communications with involved, participating
organizations when required.
- To Provide a mechanism by which mass presentations/instruction can be
provided in a 'live' environment to a large force of CPCs in diverse
The primary goal of Community Preparedness Coordinators is to bring the level
of their neighbor's preparedness up to the point of the neighborhood being
capable of being self-sufficient in a major disaster for up to 72 hours.
Key areas of emphasis in this endeavor fall in the areas of:
- Individual, Family & Neighborhood Preparedness
- Light Search & Rescue
- First Aid
- Damage Assessment
- Safety & Security
The objectives of each Community Preparedness Coordinator are:
- To interface with each individual, family or business in their
neighborhood/community, individually or in groups (i.e. Neighborhood Associations) to both collect and provide key information relating to their disaster
- To interface and form cooperative efforts with neighbors participating
in existing neighborhood based programs such as neighborhood/crime watch,
child 'safe houses', etc.
- To interface with local agencies/organizations including law enforcement,
fire/rescue, medical/evacuation, relief and shelters both to inform them
about the neighborhood effort, and to learn about programs/facilities
available to the neighborhood in an emergency.
- To provide leadership in:
- Establishing Community Emergency Assembly Areas
- Establishing a Neighborhood communication/notification (Pyramid Alert)
system for passing on critical information in an emergency.
- Enlisting neighbors with special training/experience in key areas to
participate in a "Neighborhood Emergency Team"
- Enlisting neighbors to attend First Aid and CPR Training
- Enlisting neighbors to become FEMA CERT (Community Emergency Rescue Team) certified
- Directing neighbors to assembly areas when appropriate, taking a census
to determine missing persons and passing this information to search and
rescue teams as applicable
- Provide access to neighbors to the Family Victim Locator system.
Coordinator Requirements to Participate
The primary requirement for persons to participate in the program as
Community Emergency Preparedness Coordinators is to have a desire to
be a 'part of the solution' in helping their neighbors to prepare for
emergencies/disasters both natural and man made.
Additionally, they must have available a
personal computer with a connection to the internet. The EMCOM Emergency
Notification System and Family/Victim Locator system are key elements
in the program and are internet based, as is the mechanism for 2 way
communications with EMCOM's Network Control Center and participating
agencies, and on-line training/orientation programs.
Other than these, the program is open to anyone wishing to volunteer,
young or old, and with or without experience. We welcome the experience
and help of Seniors and the Disabled; if necessary they can pair up with
youth organizations (i.e. Boy/Girl Scouts, etc.) to where they provide they
provide the administration and experience, and the youth provide young
legs to visit neighbors to collect or disseminate information.
Our current coordinators consist of housewives and mothers with little
direct experience (but great experience dealing with crisis), to
extremely qualified individuals including ex-survival instructors,
fighters, ex FEMA employees, etc. Though our communications network we
will provide guidance and training, and those with experience are available
to mentor those seeking it.