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Frequently Asked Questions

1.Question: Are Douglas County Schools prepared for disaster?

2.Question: How will I be warned of a disaster?

3.Question: What do I do if I don't hear a siren or witness a siren not working?

4.Question: Is there a single designated radio or television station that broadcasts disaster information?

5.Question: What is the emergency plan for Douglas County?

6.Question: How can I prepare myself and my family for a disaster?

7.Question: How can I prepare my workplace for a disaster?

8.Question: What should I do if a disaster strikes and the phones do not work?

9.Question: Will my mobile phone work in a disaster?

10.Question: Who is in charge when a disaster strikes?

11.Question: When disaster strikes, what is the best way to help other people in need?

12.Question: Where do facilities send Tier II reports?

 

1.Question: Are Douglas County Schools prepared for disaster?

Answer: Douglas County schools have taken an active role in engaging their staff and students to respond appropriately to the sounding of outdoor warning sirens. Most schools in Douglas County have disaster plans and they train staff and conduct drills on a regular basis. We encourage parents to ask school officials about their emergency plans. These plans include the manner and methods that school officials inform staff, students and parents to threats of concern. Have they practiced the plan? What do they want you to do in the event of an emergency at the school?

 

2.Question: How will I be warned of a disaster?

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3.Question: What do I do if I don't hear a siren or witness a siren not working?

Answer: Click here to view

 

4.Question: Is there a designated radio or television station that broadcasts disaster information?

Answer: There is no single designated station for emergency broadcasts. In the event of an emergency we encourage you to tune to a local radio or television news station for information. The major news broadcasters do a good job in providing current emergency information.

 

5.Question: What is the emergency plan for Douglas County?

Answer: Click here to view

 

6.Question: How can I prepare myself and my family for a disaster?

Answer: Click here to view 

 

7.Question: How can I prepare my workplace for a disaster?

Answer: Click here to view

 

8.Question: What should I do if a disaster strikes and the phones do not work?

Answer: First of all, when disaster strikes, you should limit your use of the telephone. Use the telephone to call 9-1-1 only if life and safety are at stake. This will leave the circuits open for more urgent calls. In a disaster the telephone system may be damaged or it may simply be that circuits are busy because so many people are using the phones. If the circuits are overloaded you may hear a fast busy signal after you dial the number. If this is the case, try calling a friend or family member at a long distance number. Here again, preparedness is the key. Act now to identify a friend or family member outside of the local calling area (out-of-area contact) and make arrangements for you and your family to contact them to let them know your status. This can provide an enormous reassurance to you and your loved ones in an emergency. Also, in your family emergency plan, figure out what your family will do if the phones don't work. You may want to identify a central location where you can all meet.

 

9.Question: Will my mobile phone work in a disaster?

Answer: It may or may not.  Try texting your message first before attempting a voice call.  

 

10.Question: Who is in charge when a disaster strikes?

Answer: The chief elected official is responsible for emergency management in their jurisdiction. For community emergency and natural disaster (CEND) incidents, the chief elected official delegates the responsibility for incident management to an Incident Commander who is part of an Incident Management Team.  The most qualified person designated to be in charge of the incident is the Incident Commander.  This person has complete authority for direction and control of emergency operations. For CEND incidents that overlap jurisdictional boundaries or areas of responsibility, a 'Unified Command' structure may be established where multiple commanders work together to manage the incident.  The incident commander or Chair of the Unified Command must still answer to the elected officials of the jurisdiction they represent. All agencies in Douglas County use the NIMS Incident Command System. This comprehensive incident management system applies to every type of emergency.  It is what we use to ensure that every level of government and every involved organization will work together seamlessly to protect life and property.

 

11.Question: When disaster strikes, what is the best way to help other people in need?

Answer: The needs of persons affected by a disaster are monitored by human service organizations and local government stakeholders.  These organizations engage in planning for such incidents through a local organization called Heartland COAD (Community Organizations Active in Disaster).  This group is chaired by the local chapter of the American Red Cross and consists of a variety of organizations who provide both mass care and individual case management to disaster survivors.  COAD is always welcoming new organizations wanting to provide such assistance in time of need.  COAD assistance during disasters is coordinated through the Douglas County Emergency Operations Center.  Individuals seeking to assist in a disaster may also be needed.  In such cases, DCEMA will utilize local media and social media to seek such assistance.  Assistance may be needed for manual labor, specific donations, etc.  Some COAD members also receive and utilize financial donations for disaster services as well.  Please view the information under the Volunteers and Groups tab on this website for more information.  

 

12.Question: Where do facilities send Tier II reports?

Answer: Click here to view

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