Office of Disaster Preparedness
Disaster Coordinator, CFO, FM, CEM, CFEI, CHS-1V
The Town of West Seneca Office of Disaster Preparedness has many responsibilities. We conduct a hazard analysis of the Town and then develop a plan and resources to handle a hazard or emergency. We are also responsible for keeping the training records of all town employees regarding the National Incident Management System ( NIMS ). In 2007, we went online with Town of West Seneca Community Emergency Response Team (WS CERT ) We now have 92 members on our team. We also manage the Emergency Operations Center and Shelter during an emergency. During heavy rains and other weather events we monitor the creek levels and road conditions for hazards. Upon the notification of a fire, hazardous materials spill or any other type of emergency we respond to assist as a resource.
Hands On CPR
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FEMA's www.ready.gov website offers guidance on what to do to stay safe in the event of an earthquake.
Create an escape plan
Each member of the family should know how to get safely outside by at least two routes. Family members should practice opening their windows to become familiar with their operation. Jammed windows should be identified and repaired. If, during a fire, a window is jammed, it may be broken out with an object and a blanket or towel placed over the frame to cover shards of glass. However, it is much safer to open a window than it is to break the glass out.
Never put locks or bars on windows or doors that cannot be opened from the inside.
Realize the Danger of Smoke
Each member of the family should understand the importance of crawling low under smoke. Smoke and heat rise so the best place to find fresher, cooler air is near the floor. When a person is caught in a building filled with smoke, they should drop on hands and knees and crawl to the nearest exit. Test all closed doors before opening them. Feel the back of the door. If it is hot, don't open it. Turn and go to the second route of exit. If the door is not hot, open slowly but be prepared to slam it closed if there are flames.
Practice what to do if you become trapped. Since doors hold back smoke and firefighters are adept at rescue, the chances of survival are excellent. Close doors between you and the smoke. Stuff the cracks and cover vents to keep smoke out. If there is a phone, call in your exact location to the fire department even if they are on the scene. Wait at the window and signal with a sheet, flashlight or something visible.