National Service Project 2014 - 2015: Ready, Set, Plan: Emergency Planning & Preparedness

Every year, EAST challenges its schools and students to go beyond the projects they are currently developing and focus on a specific theme. Over the years, EAST students have developed projects around the themes of alleviating hunger, supporting US troops and their families, energy issues, and opportunity and entrepreneurship. We look forward to seeing some 25,000 EAST students tackle our newest National Service Project which is “Emergency Planning & Preparedness.”

Next steps:

Please check out our National Service Project (NSP) Announcements and Extra Opportunities discussion on the forums as well as NSP Problem and Project discussion. You will find links to these on the left side of this page.

  • Take a look at a few of the leading questions designed to help get started with brainstorming about Emergency Planning and Preparedness in your communities.
  • What Role can your EAST Program play before, during and after an emergency event?
  • If your EAST program has a drone, could it be used in the event of an emergency?
  • What disasters are most likely to happen in your community?
  • Creating a well thought-out plan is just the first step. Informing the community and implementing the plan is critical.
  • What plans are in place for special populations and animals (i.e. homeless, senior citizens who may be immobile, individuals with special needs, family pets, livestock, etc.) in the event of a disaster?
  • Do all of your local businesses have a disaster plan in place?
  • What training is available for students (CPR, disaster, FEMA, etc.)?
  • What items should be in a disaster kit for your home or car?
  • Are you familiar with the San Madrid fault and if a major earthquake occurs along the fault what is likely to happen in your area?
  • What is a Hazmat?
  • If I map out these potential dangers for my town, how will I share the information?
  • Does your community have an updated list of recovery resources?
  • Does your community have a pre-determined information center in the event of an emergency?
  • How is cyber security related to emergency preparedness?
  • If my community already has a plan, why doesn’t anyone know about it and can it be improved?
  • Can I evaluate the effectiveness of current plans and alert systems?
  • What type of first responders are in my community?
  • What role does geography play in a disaster?
  • Does your city or county have a department of emergency management?
  • If you have three minutes to evacuate your house, what should you take with you?
  • Can technology be used to help individuals and businesses recover following an emergency?
  • Are emergency plans accessible to everyone (i.e. how are they distributed, are they in multiple languages, are they easy to understand)?
  • What community organizations could use your help?
  • What government agencies could use your help?

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This page was last updated on Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 2:34:07 PM