PEP-C Gig Harbor, WA-USA

Peninsula Emergency Preparedness Coalition
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Our Meetings Are Open To Everyone 

Time - 10 a.m. on the 2nd Wednesday of every month except August.

Place - FD #5 HQ Building, 10222 Bujacich Rd NW, Gig Harbor (the next building past the fire station)

You are welcome to attend. Membership is free.

Our next meeting will be Wed Oct 11th at 10:00 AM 


PEP-C Emergency Preparedness Fair

Learn, Prepare, Protect Yourself and Your Family

Coming - Saturday Sep, 30, 2017 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Gig Harbor High School, 5101 Rosedale St NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98332


(You're On Your Own)

Don't miss this great event! Classes and booths with materials, samples and hands-on demonstrations suitable for adults and children of all ages from a variety of vendors and scientific and community groups, some of whom are shown below.

  • Local Ham Radio Groups - will provide live demonstration of how ham radio operators would help our communities during a disaster.
  • Pacific Northwest Seismic Network – information about earthquakes suitable for kids and teens and demonstrations of earthquake and volcano measuring and alerting systems.
  • WASART (Washington State Animal Response Team) - will provide classes in "Disaster Preparedness for Pets"
  • Sprint - Sprint will share information about cell communications during disaster situations. They will bring their trailered satellite mobile communication system, if it is not being used for a real disaster at that time.  
  • Women's Self-Defense Training - representative from Survival Woman, a local self-defense training group will provide demonstrations of the kinds of skills women can learn to protect themselves.
  • Emergency Food Stores Vendors - representatives from Thrive and other manufacturers of preserved foods will be present.
  • Washington National Guard - presentation on how the WA NG is prepared to support western Washington in case of a catastrophic earthquake. 
  • Insuring Against Disaster - Jim Bannon, Allstate Insurance - will provide information on earthquake insurance and other specialized kinds of insurance coverage. 
  • First Aid - Pierce County Department of Emergency Management staff will provide classes in the basics of first aid. 
  • PC-NET Training - members of the Pierce County Neighborhood Emergency Teams (PC-NET) will explain PC-NET's neighborhood oriented approach to emergency preparedness and will show how you can organize your neighborhood to provide support for each other 



See Curt Scott, PEP-C Chair, and Hugh McMillan, PEP-C Board Member, discuss preparedness on the Key Peninsula on King TV


Note: A 'Slow Slip' - a series of small earthquakes - regularly happens in the Cascadia Subduction Zone approximately every 14 months. The 2017 'Slow Slip' event began in late February, and lasted for about 2 weeks. During the time of the 'Slow Slip', there is a greater risk of a large scale earthquake.



Pierce County DEM Training Schedule

Click here for the current Pierce County Community Department of Emergency Management Training schedule


FEMA Online Training 

Take a wide variety of FEMA classes on line - at your own time and your own pace. Review FEMA training options here Or go to, and search for EMI Training

IMPORTANT for PC NET Trainers - to qualify for an emergency worker card, you must take the 3 FEMA classes IS100/700/200. Pierce County DEM offers a 1-day course every few months covering these 3 classes - but you may take them anytime on line at FEMA here.


Psychological First Aid Course - Tuesday, Oct 10, 2017, Gig Harbor

People's reactions to crisis vary. Learn which reactions are harmful and how some are actually beneficial. Take away some important tools you can use to connect with affected people and provide immediate emotional support following an emergency. Time & location TBD.


Communications Radio Course - Thursday, Oct 26, 2017, Gig Harbor

Understand the basics of using radio communications in a disaster and get hands-on practice with others in the group. This is a great way to get comfortable using the “walkie-talkie” style of communication in a disaster. Information on how to get a HAM license is included. Time & location TBD.


Disaster First Aid Course - Oct 28, 2017, Chapel Hill Church, Gig Harbor

Learn skills and get hands-on experience in how to perform immediate triage, and use disaster first aid following an event. A First Aid Certificate is awarded, no CPR unless indicated at registration. Recommend taking CPR before this class. All classes are on Saturday. Click on the link below to see information about an all-day Disaster First Aid course being offered at Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church will be offered on Oct 28, 2017.  Register here for the Disaster First Aid Course


Earthquake Retrofit for Homeowners - Oct TBD, 2017, University Place

Homeowners can take steps to reduce the earthquake hazard to their homes. Learn about home retrofitting as a mitigation process for protecting your house. Be ready for the Big One and learn about home evaluation, permit process, proper bolt and plate installation and engineering solutions.


 Webinar - Cascadia Megaquake Part 3 Date & Time - TBD

This webinar series from the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering & Medicine will look at the science and engineering associated with the 800-mile Cascadia Subduction Zone - the earthquake source, the hazards, current strategies to mitigate loss of life, and emerging opportunities in early warning and reducing uncertainty.

Part 1 of the series highlighted the work of two prominent scientists, Dr. Kelin Wang of the Geological Survey of Canada and Dr. Joan Gomberg of the U.S. Geological Survey/University of Washington. Part 2 focused on current strategies to mitigate loss of life and featured speakers: Timothy Walsh, Assistant State Geologist, Washington Geological Survey ("Tsunami hazard assessment and mitigation efforts in Washington") and Yumei Wang, Geotechnical Engineer, Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries ("Cascadia: Science, Impacts and Resilience") 

The third webinars in this series will be scheduled for later in 2017; date & time has not yet been announced, but will be published here when available.

For dial-in information and registration (required)


Pierce County Emergency Management Preparedness Tips

These Emergency Management Preparedness Tips are now available via email from Pierce County Emergency Management - see to sign up or visit the Department of Emergency Management's Facebook at

May 2017

April 2017


Developing a family disaster plan and implementing it will empower you to conquer and control your fears about the threat of a major disaster to you and your loved ones as well as ease the frustrations that come with bridge closures or commute delays due to accidents.


We believe that focusing on just one emergency preparedness measure each month will move you towards the peace of mind that comes because you know you've got your bases covered. We're not fanatics! We're your neighbors! And we know how lengthy lists of emergency preparedness measures can seem overwhelming and expensive. That's why we developed our 12-Month Emergency Preparedness Program (E-Prep) to be both affordable and easy to implement.


We believe that emergency preparedness is a mindset and an on-going way of life. Being prepared gives you options and puts resources at your disposal before, during and after any disaster or emergency situation that will increase your odds of survival or raise your level of health and comfort.


We believe that helping your neighbors prepare for an emergency and identifying and organizing your neighborhood resources is one of the best ways to insure your own survival after a major disaster strikes. And it just might help re-create a sense of "neighborhood" that seems to have gotten lost in recent decades.

PREPARE. . . . .because you care about your loved ones

For more information, write us at:
PO Box 1217
Gig Harbor, WA 98335-3217

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