Members of Cascadia Prepared can volunteer for various projects that will help build community resilience. Here are some examples of projects that may be active in the near future:
- Social media. Set up and manage CPrep’s social media outreach, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.
- Partnership liaisons. Participate with partner organizations’ boards, committees and membership meetings to ensure that Cascadia Prepared is coordinating effectively.
- OEMA scorecard and index. Work with state officials and the Oregon Emergency Management Association (OEMA) to develop a prototype scorecard and index of performance indicators of progress in building disaster resilience across the spectrum of lifeline systems. Systems include social resilience, education, business and government continuity, transportation, liquid fuel, electricity, water, wastewater, communications, medical care, search and rescue, critical buildings, etc.
- Community organization. Work with OEMA, Office of Emergency Management, local EMs and volunteer committees to develop strategies, collaterals and other tools for training larger numbers of CERT volunteers and neighborhood-based leaders. These tools are intended to greatly increase community resilience and cohesion, with special emphasis on vulnerable populations. This is a major effort with many components.
- Urban section: focus on characteristics like low-income/transient, multifamily, student housing, care facilities, commercial/industrial facilities, middle-class residential areas, etc. Identify facilities that, if they remain usable, could be pressed into service as shelters. Identify problem areas needing special attention; e.g. a large, unsafe apartment complex, long-term care facility, student housing.
- Suburban/rural island mapping: A major “vulnerable population” will be the hundreds of thousands of people stranded away from home when disaster strikes. We will work with state and local officials to develop maps of the “islands” that will be created by likely failures of bridges, overpasses, and earthen slopes (landslides). In each island, identify resources that will need to be mobilized in a CSZ event to get stranded travelers off the road, get them to shelters, take care of homeless locals and repair damaged infrastructure.
- Resilience corps. Work with educational leaders (high school, community college and university) to organize mature students to perform essential rescue, reconnaissance and recovery functions in a disaster, building on the FEMA “Teen CERT” program.
- Ready corps. Work with engineering firms to develop a concept for a training program, teaching non-engineers how to perform high-level assessments of homes and businesses for resilience: foundation bolting, basic structural integrity, chimney bracing, water heater strapping, anchoring heavy furniture and wall hangings, preparing go bags, storing emergency food, water and gear, etc.