Taking care of ourselves and our neighbors during a disaster:
Following a massive earthquake in the region, it is very likely that Bainbridge Island will be unable to access the rest of Kitsap County or Seattle via the Agate Bridge or the Washington State Ferry – they may be unusable for days or weeks. With only a handful of professional emergency responders and limited to no communications, where will people go for help?
Ideally, many of those calls for aid will be filled by you and your neighbors, through your individual and neighborhood preparedness efforts(have you done your Map your Neighborhood yet?). But what if the need is for something that you are not yet prepared for; an injury that is bigger than your home first aid kit can handle, or your garage had just buried your emergency food rations. What if, hopefully, you are able and willing to help more?
That is where the Hub system hopes to provide help the community and it’s visitors.
Hubs; are our community meeting points:
The Hub program is a partnership between the community, Hub location owners, the City of Bainbridge Island, and Bainbridge Prepares. A Hub is a focus/meeting point for a group of neighborhoods to provide “limited, gap-filling emergency services” following a massive disaster. They will be spread across Bainbridge Island so that community members can easily access a Hub by foot. The main priorities at a Hub are medical care and information sharing. They will also provide limited shelter, food and water, and psychological care for those greatly affected by the event, and unable to be cared for by their neighborhood.
Hubs will be staffed by volunteers; Bainbridge Island Emergency Medical Responders (BIEMRs) for medical needs, and registered community member volunteers for other needs.
Why we need volunteers:
For these locations to function effectively we rely on our community:
- Are you prepared? The Hubs rely upon our communities being prepared. If prepared, our volunteers are able to secure their homes and neighborhoods, and respond to ensure that those not so fortunate are taken care of and have a place to receive care . You just need sign up!
- Hubs will not start operating until those volunteers have taken care of their families and neighborhoods. This could be anywhere from 24 hours to a few days after the disaster.
Are you interested in becoming a Hub staff volunteer? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
What services do Hubs provide?
What does “limited gap-filling emergency services” mean?
Medical: BIEMRS, community members with a current Wilderness First Response certification (WFR) will stabilize and treat injuries. For injuries beyond their scope of practice, the patient will be stabilized and transported to a disaster medical clinic or hospital when available.
Information: Liaising with the City of Bainbridge Island’s Emergency Operations Center, the Hub will provide information about the status of the disaster, and information pertaining to it. It is also a central spot where neighborhoods can coordinate and share information to help each other.
Shelter: Hubs provide a secure area for people to seek shelter. More than likely this means a space on the floor. This is intended for those, who through no fault of their own, have nowhere to go (i.e. people visiting or passing through the island, or their house was destroyed and there is no neighbor that can assist you, etc.)
Food: Hubs provide a few bottles of water, a couple of snacks and a bowl of food per day (for 100 people for five days) for community members that have no other place to receive nourishment.
A Hub, is as a place to where people can meet and help each other. It is not a place to rely on to go and have all your post disaster needs met. Hubs aim to treat and release community members within 24-48 hrs; they will either be transferred to higher care, or be reabsorbed into their community.
Hub Standard Operating Procedure (SOP).
The Hub SOP is based on American Red Cross shelter procedures, but has been simplified to allow for ease of execution. It is currently a 50 page document that gives guidance on how to operate a Hub. Each Hub has a slightly modified SOP based on their layout and capabilities.
Currently Hubs have some basic medical supplies in place. Full supplies needed to fully stock a Hub will fit in the space of about 4 pallets. To purchase one set is around ~$5000, and this does not include a storage shed. Bainbridge Prepares and the City of Bainbridge Island are working to secure funding to begin purchasing supplies.
Although not fully staffed or supplied, Hubs can still function as a place where community members can gather to assist or seek assistance from other community members. Currently we have 5 identified Hubs on Bainbridge;
Bloedel Reserve Main Residence, 7571 NE Dolphin Rd
Battle Point Park Transmitter Building, 11299 Arrow Point Dr
Island Church 9624 Sportsman Club Rd
BI Senior Community Center 370 Brien Dr
Fort Ward Community Hall 9705 Evergreen St
By 2020, the Island hopes to have 12 active Hubs, to ensure all community members can reach one on foot, should an event occur.
Your Hub Team Leads are Dan Bacon (r) and Jack Metz (l) Please email email@example.com to find out more about the Hubs program or to volunteer.