Wednesday, October 26, 2005

EVACUATION PLANNING

On October 4, 2005 I had placed on the
agenda an item regarding evacuation
plans. What follows is my introductory
statement and the response from the
head of our emergency management
team.

My statement to the Commission:
Hurricane Katrina made me aware that
we have a problem that should be
addressed now. The problem is the safe
evacuation of the ill, infirmed, bed
ridden and economically disadvantaged
citizens of Camden County as well as the
service providers who have their own
families to be concerned with in a time
of crisis. To this end I asked Mr. Crews
to think about the problem and put
together some ideas and share them with
us this evening.

The only trouble was that my
fellow commissioners refused to allow
Mr. Crews to speak. So I obtained the
report from Mr. Crews so that he could
speak to you directly.

Camden County Emergency
Management Agency Plan for
Evacuation of Special Needs
Citizens
Because of their fragile medical conditions,
Special Needs Citizens will be the first to
leave and the last to return.
A roster of special needs citizens as
defined by the state will be maintained
on a year-round basis. The list will be
updated weekly during hurricane season.
We need to define how we determine a
SNP, and what info needs to be included
in the registry.
Responsible party: Camden County Health Dept.

The roster will be provided to Camden
County EMA on June 1 and updated
weekly during hurricane season. Some
patients may be out of town, in the
hospital, or have made other
arrangements. The updates will be
provided to the Camden County Sheriff s
Search and Rescue Team on a monthly
basis or more frequently as needed.
Responsible party: Camden County Health
Department, Camden EMA

The locations of the special needs citizens'
homes will be mapped and a pick-up
route established. We should also
include destination map.
Responsible party: Camden County Planning
and Building, Camden County SO Search
and Rescue

When a storm is 5 days out, the citizens
on the special needs roster will be
notified that the evacuation is imminent
and told to prepare all items needed to
take to the special needs shelter. Do we
limit their carry-on items? At this point,
no additional names will be added to
the roster. ?
Responsible party: Camden County Health
Department
When the storm is 5 days out, the following
entities will be notified that the special
needs citizens may need to be evacuated;




  • Camden County Board of Education for
buses for ambulatory patients




  • Camden County Fire Rescue for moving
stretcher bound patients



  • Glynn County EMA for reception of our
special needs citizens



  • Camden County SO Search and Rescue
team for assistance in moving the special
needs citizens
Responsible party: Camden County EMA

When the storm is 72 hours out, the
citizens on the special needs roster will
be notified that they will be evacuated
and will be given a pick-up time.
Responsible party: Camden County Health
Department

When the storm is 72 hours out the
following entities will be notified that
special needs citizens will be evacuated
and given an approximate departure
time:




  • Camden County Board of Education
for buses for ambulatory patients




  • Camden County Fire Rescue for moving
stricter bound patients




  • Glynn County EMA for reception of our
special needs citizens




  • Camden County SO Search and Rescue
team for assistance in moving the special
needs citizens
Responsible party: Camden County EMA

All special need citizens will be picked up
and taken to the Glynn County Multi-
Purpose Center where they will then be
transferred to Glynn County buses and
ambulances. One EMT or Paramedic will
be assigned to the buses to accompany
the patients to Glynn County. A manifest
of the patients and staff traveling on the
buses will be provided to the Board of
Education. Volunteers will mark the
patient's belongings with masking tape.
Responsible party: Camden County Board of
Education




  • Camden County SO Search and

Rescue





  • Camden County Fire Rescue
(Bed bound patients will be taken to
Ware County High School in Waycross.
The Georgia Nurse Alert System will
provide nursing care.)

(Ambulatory patients will be taken to
the Ware County High School in
Waycross.)

All patients will be given a 5x8 pouch
envelope with a long neck cord attached.
Their names will visible on the outside
of the pouch. The patients will place
the pouch around their neck so that
their names are visible. The pouch will
contain medical history, a list of
allergies and current medications.
Other possibly information to have in
the pouch may include DNR orders,
emergency contact numbers for
next-of-kin.
Responsible party: Camden County Health
Department

Coolers filled with ice, water and snacks
will be placed on the buses. Kits
containing sanitary wipes, exam
gloves, toilet paper, paper towels, and
garbage bags will be placed on the buses.
Responsible party: American Red Cross

The buses will have a Law Enforcement
escort to Glynn County Multi-Purpose
Facility.
Responsible party: Camden County Sheriffs Office


Once the "All-Clear" has been given and
utilities fully restored, this process will be
reversed and all patients returned to
their respective homes
Responsible party: All above mentioned agencies.

Please read and address any comments
to oilseal@tds.net I will forward them
to Mr. Crews for reply. Thank you.

It would appear that my fellow
Commissioners were so annoyed with
me that they allowed their feelings to
come before the public good.

Chairman Rainer alone must take
responsibility for this because he runs
the meeting. As for the rest, please
grow up! There are 50,000 people
that depend on us. Do the right thing
and put petty political differences out
of the way of good government.

Sandy Sez:
My friend Dave says some of his
friends are new comers to the County.
They can't understand why I have such
a problem getting along with my fellow
Commissioners.

My answer is best explained as follows.

The Donini Family has been in
business for over 40 years in St. Marys.
Now a developer is trying to push them
out by what appears to be high handed
tactics. Ultimately the matter will be
settled in court. However, I represent
the Donini's of Camden County. My
fellow Commissioners represent the
Developers. When my fellow
Commissioners start thinking about all
of Camden all the bickering will
DISAPPEAR!!!!!!

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