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Emergency Preparedness

One hour each month could prepare you for an emergency

Karina Murphy is in charge of safety … and disasters at Providence Centralia Hospital.

Covering the full gamet of facility planning can be a daunting task, but the PCH Facility Safety Officer and Emergency Management Coordinator has the attitude and training for the position.

Murphy does have first-hand experience of dealing with a disaster. She was a key resource for recovery for Boeing following the 2001 Nisqually earthquake. “We learned a lot during that incident,” she said.

“She also has extensive experience in emergency management and preparedness.”

Murphy’s entire role will include safety and disaster preparedness, along with Environment of Care Coordinator, and overseeing hazardous materials and waste.

On preparedness, Murphy hopes every person will have the minimum:

  • An action plan
  • Out-of-state contact
  • Water
  • Disaster kit in car and home

Visit http://www.emd.wa.gov/preparedness/prep_prepare_year.shtml to find a simple, one-a-month preparedness tip that will have everyone “prepared in a year.”