October 13, 2015 --
Being prepared for an emergency may not be a riveting
discussion to have, but it is essential to ensure the best outcome, according
to Steve Dancer, installation emergency manager, Marine Corps Logistics Base
To provide information on the topic, an emergency
preparedness class was held in the Base Theater, recently, to cover important tips
to survive a crisis situation.
“I understand this is mandatory fun, but there is something
each of you can take away from this session that will assist you in case of an
emergency,” he explained.
Dancer informed the audience people have the best chance of
surviving a crisis if they have a plan in place.
“Being prepared is having a plan beforehand, not when it
happens,” he said.
One example Dancer continued to reiterate throughout the
session was to enroll in the installation AtHoc system. Dancer said it is imperative
to be informed of any emergency situation that may occur on base. He said the
AtHoc System will send notification to every person signed up. He also provided
systems outside the base which provide a similar service within the local
Becky Shiver, exceptional family member program, MCLB Albany,
provided a few tips on how to be prepared in case of a fire. She informed the
crowd there should be a fire escape plan for every room in the house. She also
said to check windows to ensure they can be used.
“The absolute wrong time to discover windows are inoperable
is during an emergency,” Shiver said.
She advised everyone to establish a meeting place outside
the home and to incorporate a buddy system among siblings.
“This is extremely important because older children can assist
the younger children (to) get out safely,” Shiver said.
Practicing the plan is also crucial as it increases chances
of survival, she noted. It is very important to actually go through the routine
as if there is an actual fire. Doing this will acclimate everyone to the
process and may identify some plans that may need to be changed.
When practicing the plan, it is suggested to actually sound
the fire alarm.
“A fire alarm is extremely loud,” Kelley Hall, Marine Corps Family
Team Building, MCLB Albany, said. “For young children or children with sensor
issues, everything they know to do will go out the window if they are not
prepared to hear that loud noise.”
To overcome that obstacle, Hall suggested activating the
alarm during fire drills so children are aware of what to expect and how the
She then asked attendees had they ever considered how scary
the big fireman in the mask and suit may be to some children during a fire.
“That child may hide under a bed or in a closet from the
scary figure if they have not been prepared and understand the person is coming
to save them,” she said.
Hall recommended taking young children to the fire
department. She said the firemen will be happy to dress up in the suit and even
let children try on boots so they will be comfortable with that visual during a
In case of a medical crisis, I.C.E. (“in case of emergency”)
should be listed as a contact in all cell phones. Shiver revealed emergency personnel understand
to use those numbers for notification purposes.
She said the acronym I.C.E. has been used since 2005 and almost all
first responders understand it to mean “in case of emergency.”
Having an emergency health card is also a very important
tip. Hall said it saves precious time when first responders are assessing and
treating a person.
She added another crucial item to have during an emergency
is an emergency kit. Hall listed a first aid kit, blankets, non-perishable
foods, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration radio, diapers, food
for infants and any medication that is required daily as items that should be
included. She then gave insight on two additional items.
“Cash is king if there is a major power outage during an
emergency,” Hall said. “You won’t have access to an (automatic teller machine)
so everyone should consider keeping an emergency fund on hand.”
The final item she mentioned with an interesting side note
was water. The crowd was surprised when she advised one gallon of water for
each person for three days is suggested.
After the session, pamphlets were provided to attendees for
additional information and helpful tips on emergency preparedness.
pamphlets or additional information, call 229 639-5911.