The following story was passed along to us by one of our DMAC partners. It is an emergency management professional’s account of dealing with a water main break at their home, which left them without water for several days.This serves as an excellent reminder for why we should be prepared to go without water for several days.
Here are the personal lessons learned by someone who preaches preparedness for living.
“What I remember the most is having water barrels that will fit in the back of my SUV so I could go and get them filled up. My 50 gallon would not fit – thank goodness I also bought a 30 gallon barrel and it fit upright in the back of my SUV with a hose (white hose for potable water) filling it. Up to this point I only thought about storing water so the bigger the barrel the better. However, my situation opened my eyes to also having barrels – once emptied – can be transported in my vehicle and filled.
Liquid waste was manageable. We could flush out the bowl (with several collections) with the water tank and then refill the water tank.
However – we were not so confident with solid waste because of the need for several flushes on one use so the water did not go so far.
Instead we had to make a plan for the bathroom – closest and available. Luckily our offices are in walking distance to our home – not that we would walk but it tells you just how convenient it was in a very inconvenient situation. Even that close made for a very stressful existence.
Drinking water was not a problem as we have cases and cases of bottled water. However I made the decision to wash the dishes (the absolutely few we needed) with the barrel water but opted to do the final rinse with the bottled water. We also gave the bottled water to the dog and our pet birds. We didn’t need any intestinal issues with the circumstances we were under.
Due to the size of our home we have a re-circulating pump. It is imperative those things get turned off as soon as your water stops. If it runs dry it will die.
Having a way to collect the rinse water is helpful as I could dump that water on fragile outside plants not getting their normal irrigation.
If someone has to manually turn off their water – they have to very slowly open up the valve when they are turning it back on. This helps the pressure to gently fill the pipes rather than all at once and possibly experience a break in the line due to the rapid pressure.
I think that’s about it – oh – forget showering….having baby and body wipes in the package was very helpful. But that first hot shower after the water came back on will never be forgotten!”
Tuesday February 19, 2013 – Tuesday February 19, 2013
JOIN US for an interactive tabletop exercise that will provide you with the opportunity to learn more about the role of Emergency Network Los Angeles (ENLA) during a disaster. Listen as our keynote speakers describe the role that ENLA and its member organizations play in supporting disaster management efforts throughout Los Angeles. Participate in guided discussion sessions that enable you to analyze and provide feedback on critical disaster response and recovery activities with and for ENLA.
This exercise will provide opportunities to learn about the following:
§ ENLA members’ participation in disaster response and recovery efforts.
§ The role of ENLA at the Los Angeles County and Los Angeles City Emergency Operations Centers.
§ Opportunities to further define and improve communications between ENLA and Los Angeles County and Los Angeles City Emergency Operations Centers.
§ Opportunities to further define and improve ENLA’s internal resource coordination and internal communication during disaster response and recovery.
§ Enhanced information sharing and collaboration practices with nonprofits and local governments.
Please register using the following link to confirm your reservation: www.
Participation in this event is by invitation only. Online registration is required and seats will fill quickly.
This event is free of charge with continental breakfast provided.
DATE AND TIME
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Location information will be provided upon registration confirmation.
EMERGENCY NETWORK LOS ANGELES
ENLA is the Los Angeles County VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters). It is a coalition of nonprofit organizations, along with government and private-sector partners, with some disaster function. ENLA serves as the forum where organizations share knowledge and resources throughout the disaster cycle—preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation — to help disaster survivors and their communities. Together we foster more effective service through the four C’s—communication, coordination, cooperation and collaboration — by providing convening mechanisms and outreach for all people and organizations involved in disasters. For more information about ENLA, please visit www.enla.org.
If you have questions, or if you know someone from your agency would like to attend please contact us at ENLA@constantassociates.com.
This project is developed in collaboration with the following partners:
§ Los Angeles City Emergency Management Department
§ Emergency Network Los Angeles
§ Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services
§ Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management
§ Save the Children
§ American Red Cross
§ Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
§ HOPE Coalition America
Registration is open for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles: 13th Annual Pediatric Trauma Conference.
The conference will be held at The California Endowment on Monday October 8th andTuesday October 9th. You can attend one or both days. EMS professionals and students will receive a discount. Also Continuing Education credits will be available.
On Tuesday October 9th, we have two excellent disaster presentations including
- · Lessons Learned from Aurora Colorado Shootings presented by one of the Emergency Department Nurses and the nurse who served as Incident Commander for Colorado Children’s Hospital
- · Lessons Learned from the Haiti Earthquake presented by Dr. Henri Ford, a Haitian native and also Chief of Pediatric Surgery at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Ford continues to do work in Haiti following this disaster.
Scholarships are available and if individuals are interested, they should email Lenee Richards at email@example.com
1 day costs $150
2 days costs $200
To register, visit
The Asian Pacific Community Fund partners with Verizon to financially assist students in pursuit of higher education as they face the challenge of significantly rising costs when obtaining a college degree. These awards will support those who excel academically, are leaders amongst their peers, and are making a positive impact in their communities.
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Please see attached flyer for workshop in Nogales, Arizona on September 27, 2012. This 8-hour, planning and management-level course trains faith-based community organization (FBCO) representatives, management level emergency managers, and first responders from small and rural communities to strategically mobilize and engage members for FCBO’s including religious charities, nonprofits’ such as the Salvation Army, the American Red Cross, churches (both affiliated and unaffiliated), temples, synagogues, mosques, and NGOs ect, in a reciprocal approach to disaster planning that is integrated into current local and statewide emergency management efforts.
Join the City of Los Angeles Emergency Management Department’s General Manager, Jim Featherstone, at the All Hazards/Stakeholder Summit.