Emergency Preparedness in Sandycove

Education and training is directed at Committee members as well as the residents.   Regularly the Emergency Preparedness Committee conducts various training sessions.   The following describes some of those in addition to material made available the residents through Bulletins, Newsletters and this web site.

CPR & Defibrillator Training The Emergency Preparedness Committee would like to hear from residents interested in attending a CPR and defibrillator training course.  A number of courses have been completed for Sandycove residents.   To see more info about these courses please click here.  Training is FREE and conducted through certified training resources through the Simcoe County Para Medics Service.   For more information or to let us know of your interest please e-mail us at epcsca@hotmail.ca .

Emergency Preparedness Committee hosted an information session Wednesday, January 29th 2014 at the WHEEL.   Sandycove residents were be able to get answers from the Committee as well as from First Responders in attendance.   The Innisfil Fire Department, South Simcoe Police Services and Simcoe County provided information and handouts to approximately 175 attendees.  Residents started coming through the doors early and the First Responders and the EP Committee Members barely had time to set up their displays.  The topics presented by the Committee were 72 hour emergency kits, emergency kits for pets, emergency kits for cars, Vials of Life, CPR/AED training and Medical/Mobility Questionnaires and carbon monoxide detectors.

 

The following describes an actual test of the Emergency response of the first responders and the organizers included the Emergency Preparedness Committee in the process.

DID YOU HEAR IT???       DID YOU FEEL IT??? 

Did you know that a tornado touched down in Sandycove Acres South at 5:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 10th?  Did you know that as a result of that tornado there was no hydro service to Sandycove Acres South and North as well as none to the Sandycove Mall, Lockhart Road from the 20th to the 25th Sideroad and from Mapleview Drive to County Road 9?  Did you know that Lockhart Road was blocked just west of the entrance to Sandycove Acres South by downed trees?  Did you know that as a result of the tornado approximately 50 homes were destroyed and many more had serious damage?  Did you know that many people were injured and at least one person died as a direct result of the tornado?  Did you know that the entire south side of Sandycove Acres had to be evacuated, with no one allowed back in their homes for at least 24 hours?

Of course you didn’t know!  Why?  Because the tornado only happened on paper and over the airwaves, including cell phones, landlines, computers and ham radios.  The tornado and its effects were created as an Emergency Simulation Exercise in which First Responders (Red Cross, Paramedics, South Simcoe Police Services and Town of Innisfil Fire Department , utility companies (Innisfil Hydro and Enbridge Gas), the Town of Innisfil (Public Works, Finance Department, Public Information, Mayor Baguley) and County of Simcoe (Emergency Generator, Paramedics) worked together to determine the strengths and weaknesses of the current protocols for dealing with this type of disaster.

In the exercise 43 people go to the Cove Café for refuge; 26 others are evacuated to larger facilities in the area. There are numerous serious injuries, 42 are taken by ambulance to hospital, one loss of life. A door to door search has to be done to be sure everyone got out and to rescue pets left behind.  Is everyone accounted for? An assessment has to be done of the damage to homes.  Hydro, Enbridge have to assess damage to their services and call in reinforcements from surrounding areas. There are injuries to emergency workers.  Add into the mix the thousands of calls.  There are calls from residents; from family and friends, there are calls from the media all who want information.  There are calls asking for help and calls offering help.  Who will handle all these calls, where and to whom will they be directed and are they followed up on?  Who will co-ordinate all these volunteers and equipment?  Calls go out looking for specific equipment and qualified volunteers.  Food and drink has to be obtained for both the evacuees and the emergency workers.  Food and housing for pets needs to be arranged.  A news release has to go out.  Who is going to write the news release, what to say and when?  Remember those damaged houses, what will be the immediate help for those residents and where will they be housed for the long term.  It will be many months before their houses are rebuilt.  How will response to the emergency be paid for?  Who will do what? 

Sandycove Acres’ Emergency Preparedness Committee Members were invited to be observers at this Emergency Simulation Exercise, which took place in 2 locations – the “on site” Emergency Operations (at the Community Church on Innisfil Road) and the Emergency Operations Centre located at the Innisfil Town Hall.  The Exercise, as seen through the eyes and heard through the ears of 2 of your neighbours, was fast-paced, loud, distressing, eye-opening and informative – and it was all “MAKE BELIEVE”.  The participants in the Exercise were totally professional, many were unfamiliar with Sandycove Acres and its uniqueness, many were ‘wearing more than 1 hat’ and out of the approximately 3 hours of incoming calls from panicked relatives, from residents wanting to know when the hydro would come back on, from volunteers wanting to know how they could help, from Sandycove Acres’ residents  worried about their pets, from other volunteer agencies offering food to the victims and to the emergency workers and many other type of disaster-related calls, they all took away new information which will be used in streamlining their responses to real disasters.

What did the observers from Sandycove Acres’ Emergency Preparedness Committee take from this Exercise?

1.      All of the First Responders are well prepared to handle a real disaster;

2.      There are many types of communication used in this type of emergency response – and one of the most effective was ARES – Amateur Radio Emergency Services – an organization of volunteer ham radio operators who can rig communication between areas when cell phones, landlines and internet may be unavailable;

3.      The Emergency Operations Centre was, and in reality would be, inundated with phone calls and ‘drop-ins’ wanting to ‘help’.  Information is received by them from the “on site” Operations Centre and it in turn provides information and instructions back to the ‘on site’ Operations Centre and other services and agencies needed. 

4.      Sandycove residents must be prepared for this type of disaster by having their “72 hour kits” ready, have plans of where to go if their cannot go home (if they have family or friends fairly nearby), have cages for their pets so that the rescue workers can pick up the pets when it is save to do so and take them to the appropriate shelter.

5.      Sandycove residents with medical or mobility problems should ensure that they have filled out and handed in the Emergency Preparedness Questionnaire – this will help rescuers to make sure those requiring medical attention or need help evacuating are identified.

Would you like to know more about this Emergency Simulation Exercise?

Would you like to know more about how to be prepared for an Emergency?

Let us know by dropping a note in the “Emergency Preparedness” box in the east lobby of the Wheel or by calling Sharon Raycraft at 705-431-7747 or by email to epcsca@hotmail.ca 

 

 

The Emergency Preparedness Committee would like to hear from residents interested in attending a CPR and defibrillator training course.  A course has just been completed with 12 attendees and we already have people on a waiting list for the next session.  Training is FREE and conducted through certified training resources.   Book your spot now - for more information or to let us know of your interest please call  SHARON RAYCRAFT at (705) 431-7747.

On SEPTEMBER 30th, 2012 - 13 residents of Sandycove Acres participated in a CPR/defibrillator training session at the SPOKE.   The course was put on through the efforts of Sharon Raycraft of the Emergency Preparedness Committee and the County of Simcoe Paramedics Service.  A great time was had by all as we learned the right way to perform CPR and most importantly how to use the  defibrillators located in Sandycove.  Here a few pictures of the folks at work.   Click on the smaller images for a larger view.

Shown at the CPR course September 30th are;

front row (from left to right) - Sue Nassy, Sue Guthrie, Terry Lucas, Joan McDonald, Christine Blenkinsop, Carol Boyington, Roz Bicknell & Darlene Evans (Sandycove Pharmacy)

back row (from left to right) - Bill Thomas (Simcoe County Instructor), Roger Guthrie, Leslie Cloake, Iain Jardine, Jack Blenkinsop & Bill Griffin

 

Another 16 residents took training on Sunday OCTOBER 29th, 2012 again at the SPOKE.  A great time was had by all.

Shown at the CPR course October 28th are;

from left to right - John Seney (Instructor), John Hempey, Christine Hempey, Maureen Childs, Paul Martel, Marianne Bennett, Arlene Nash, Marj Sawers, Marlene Smale, Kathy Richmond, Michael James (with "Teddy"), Doug Struthers, Judy Hecking, Jo Struthers, Don Richmond, Suzanne Amos and Norma Sargent

On MAY 22nd, 2011 - yes it was a Sunday of the long weekend, 14 residents of Sandycove Acres participated in a CPR/defibrillator training session at the SPOKE.   The course was put on through the efforts of Ralph Heuvingh and the County of Simcoe Paramedics Service.  A great time was had by all as we learned the right way to perform CPR and most importantly how to use the  defibrillators located in Sandycove.

 

Shown accepting the CPR Certificates at the "Meet and Greet" on July 7th are;

front row (from left to right) - Donna Reynolds and Sharon Raycraft

back row (from left to right) - Ralph Heuvingh, Dave Cooper, Marj Sawyer, Jenny Haffey, Dot Weighall, Peggy & Mike Sindrey, Barb & Vern Gillespe

missing from the photo were Anne Baker, Lynne O'Leary and Helen Strathy

 


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