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Emergency Management Preparedness Teams
For 2018, EM Preparedness Teams will meet as listed below.
Zone CERT Teams: Each zone team will meet at their discretion and determine time and place
MRC Team:  Quarterly meetings - time and place at their discretion
Shelter/FAST Teams:  3rd Wednesday of every month - 18:30 to 21:00 at Public Works training room
All other teams:  TBD - contact Brenda Bramwell for more information
Mass Care Support (Shelter) Team - The Mass Care Support Team is charged with setting up and supporting community shelter locations in Issaquah. This will encompass both human and pet shelters. 
Functional Assessment Service Team (FAST) - Functional Assessment Service Teams (FASTs) will assist the Shelter Team by assessing people with access and functional needs and getting them what they need to stay in a shelter. FASTs are deployed as the shelters open and work until no longer needed.  They may be asked to support several shelters.  
Community Point of Distribution (CPOD) Team - A Community Point of Distribution or CPOD is where the public goes to pick up emergency supplies following a disaster when there is lack of infrastructure to support normal distribution of food, water, and/or other supplies. This team coordinates the CPODs.
Incident Command System (ICS) Team - The objective is to build a strong team that has the knowledge and capability to be leaders, obtain instructions, work within the ICS structure and under the command of the Issaquah Incident Management Team in case of a significant disaster.  2017 activities range from completing the FEMA ICS courses, good radio communication procedures and applying knowledge learned by leveraging routine activities and exercises.
Volunteer Reception Center (VRC) Team - During disasters, volunteers spontaneously arrive with the desire to help those that are affected.  While this is very much appreciated, it can be overwhelming to first responders. The purpose of the Volunteer Reception Center (VRC) is to develop skills and protocol for recruiting and managing volunteers to help fill the needs of response agencies, community partners and local stakeholders. By directing arriving volunteers through the VRC, they are processed and matched in the most efficient way possible.  Since the VRC is a central point of contact for all volunteers and those needing volunteers, urgent staffing needs can be quickly addressed.  
Map Your Neighborhood (MYN) Team - The objective is to build expertise within the CERT group to deploy MYN methods throughout Issaquah.  The team is currently supporting a Timber Ridge senior living community effort to “Map Your Floor” by providing guidance and assistance to residents and staff to be prepared to take care of each other in case of a significant disaster. 
For more information on joining one or more of these teams,
please contact Brenda Bramwell.
Activity and Training Briefs 2018
May 16
18:30 - 20:30
Mass Care Support (Shelter) Team / Functional Assessment Support Team (FAST) - Dr. Wren Hudgins will discuss Psychological First Aid.  Stay tuned for additional details.  Learn more.
Late Spring
Full Day
Mass Care Support (Shelter) Team - Issaquah CERT is improving our support of emergency shelters for disaster response.  This Shelter Operations Training will be facilitated by the American Red Cross, and qualifies you to assist in setting up and operating shelters.   Learn more.
June 20
18:30 - 20:30
Mass Care Support (Shelter) Team / Functional Assessment Support Team (FAST) - A guest pharmacist will discuss how medications may be obtained during disasters  Stay tuned for additional details.  Learn more.

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