Emergency Services Coordinating Agency
OUR MISSION: To coordinate and assist the Emergency Services Coordinating Agency member cities to be better prepared for disaster through mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery activities.
ESCA encourages individual preparedness activities. The following information and links are to ESCA's Program Managers as well as to regional partners.
Get trained. Get involved!
During a disaster, phone service may be disrupted for hours or even weeks. When cell phones and land lines aren't available, the Cities and Emergency Managers will be relying on radio communications, including that provided through ESCA's Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) volunteers.
ESCA offers an annual class to assist volunteers and potential volunteers in obtaining an amateur radio license. To learn more about when the next training will be held, email Dan or call the ESCA office at (425) 776-3722. Local amateur radio clubs offer training opportunities. Local clubs and other amateur radio organizations are listed below.
The Red Cross offers courses that include Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and First Aid among others. Contact the local chapter for schedules.
CERT graduates are encouraged to take care of themselves and their families as the first priority. Second priority is to help neighbors and friends if possible and as resources are available. Third, volunteer opportunities are available for those interested. Please see the Volunteer page for more information.
FEMA has a wide range of free, online courses related to disaster preparedness and response.
NIMS provides the template for the management of incidents. It uses the Incident Command System (ICS) - a system for maintaining safety, communications and effective response activities.
Everyone who has a response role in disaster - whether as a government employee, corporate employee or a community volunteer - needs to have a clear understanding of how the response organizations operate together.
All NIMS on-line courses may be found at: http://training.fema.gov/IS/NIMS.asp. Note that there are specialized trainings for hospital and medical personnel as well as schools, public works employees and law enforcement personnel.
The bold links below are the highest priority in these trainings.
Although not a full-scale training, Neighbor Helping Neighbor is a local program for public outreach and education.
The purpose of this program is to encourage both personal preparedness and pre-disaster communication and coordination among neighbors. (In a disaster, neighbors are going to be the "first responders" for several days until things stabilize.)
Neighbor Helping Neighbor may be delivered by one of the ESCA Staff or Volunteers. It may also be downloaded and facilitated by a neighborhood organizer. The following documents are provided for download and printing as tools for increasing personal and neighborhood preparedness.
Neighbor Helping Neighbor - Planning Booklet (Step-by-step guide, plus work pages)