V.K. BSC Emergency Preparedness Plan

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This policy creates a process to reduce the chance of bodily harm inflicted onto the members of the BSC in the event of an emergency. To this end, the policy will

1. Define the numbers of members that must be trained for each house, and state explicitly the responsibility of thehouse-level management in being one of the trained members of each house. The area of training shall include, but not restricted to, search and rescue, first aid, and fire suppression.
2. Define the process for which each house shall follow to inventory the emergency response kit (ERK). The content of this kit shall be reviewed by House Managers under the supervision of the Member Resource Supervisor (MRS) every semester, with a planned review and circulation of expired materials to occur every summer.
3. Established a regular meeting for major stakeholders in the BSC emergency plan such that they can review existing plans and consider modifications.


• As a part of the requirements of the position, the House Managers will become responsible for taking inventory of the ERKs at each house. The House Manager is required to take the inventory of and order necessary supplies for all houses’ ERKs once per semester which will be done in collaboration with the MRS.

• Every semester, the Cloyne Facilities Manager, Rochdale Facilities Manager, Member Resource Supervisor and any other interested or affected parties will review the readiness plan, current state of supplies, inventory and note sites for resupply. It is strongly recommended that the Executive Director and Operations Manager attend these meetings as well.

• To make the process more efficient, the House Manager should use assistant(s) to take inventories. This assistant can be a House President or any member from the house. Any assistant who helps take inventory will receive HI or workshift compensation for their time (as determined by their house management).

• By week 6, House Managers must locate their respective ERK and must place a copy of their house Emergency Preparedness plan there, along with emergency contact information of house members. In addition, a copy of the house Emergency Preparedness plan must be made available to all house members for their personal review. By week 11, they are required to provide the Member Resource Supervisor with an inventory of the ERK. House Managers who do not do so will be at risk of losing 5% of their central level compensation.

• The Member Resource Supervisor is required to order any supplies needed to adequately stock the ERKs (per the Emergency Kit Necessary Materials list), ordering as many supplies as is possible through CK, and notify House Managers of the approximate date of arrival of supplies, as well as provide them with a detailed bill of all items ordered and the cost of each.

• Houses are responsible for financing the restocking of their ERK, determining with the accountant for the BSC and the Member Resource Supervisor which house account they would like the supplies to come from.

• House Managers will remain responsible for changing the water in their water barrels once every 1-2 years.

• The Emergency Kit Necessary Materials list shall be changed to include only the amount of supplies that are necessary to adequately serve the house in the case of an emergency, eliminating superfluous supplies. The MRS maintains a list of these supplies (see attached sheet).


Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Trainings

• Each house must send their House President, House Managers and Maintenance Managers to at least one CERT Training held by the Berkeley Fire Dept; other managers are encouraged to attend.

• Each house will be required to send at least 3 managers, with 5 required for large houses (Cloyne and CZ), Fenwick, and Rochdale, to CERT Trainings. It is strongly recommended that managers evenly attend Search and Rescue, Disaster First Aid and Fire Suppression.

• The Member Resource Supervisor is responsible for, at the beginning of the semester, reminding House Managers of the minimum member training requirements of their house and directing them to the site where training dates are posted.

• The House Manager will become responsible for ensuring that their minimum member requirement is met and will themselves send in registration requests to the Berkeley Fire Dept, copying the email to the MRS.

• Each member who attends a CERT training must bring back a form signed by a CERT instructor to the MRS by the 11th week.

• Managers/members who register for training and cannot attend must find a replacement from their house to attend in their place or notify the Berkeley Fire Dept in advance that they will not be making it. They must also notify the MRS of any changes made. The Berkeley Fire Dept will provide the MRS with a list of those co-op members who did not attend the trainings that they registered for. Any members who did not arrange for a replacement or give the Fire Dept advanced notice that they wouldn’t be making it will be fined. The Member Resources Supervisor will fine houses $25 for each no show, and House Managers may choose whether or not to levy the fines to the individual member who did not attend.

• All House Presidents, House Managers, and Maintenance Managers who do not complete their CERT training requirement (attending at least one training each semester) shall be fined according to the central level manager oversight policy of a fixed $50 compensation loss for each manager that does not complete the CERT training, as determined by the Member Resources Supervisor.

• The House Manager is to supply the names of the trained people to C.O. and C.O. is to keep an active list of trained people in each house.

Member Training Video

• The MRS is responsible for showing the video to managers at managers training.

• All BSC members need to watch the video at least once during their membership.

• The MRS is responsible for providing emergency information to members that is specific to the cooperative community during the showing of the video to make it more appropriate to the BSC.

• It is recommended that the MRS conduct inventories in tandem with the Habitability Inspections process (Contact the Operations Manager for more info).

Emergency Evacuation Drill

Houses are required to complete an emergency evacuation drill by the 7th week of each semester, to be led by the House President in collaboration with other managers and the MRS. The drill shall include:

1. A presentation at a house council preceding the drill, including the following information: fire and earthquake response procedures; the locations of all exits, fire escapes, evacuation routes, fire extinguishers and fire alarms; the location of the e-kit, water barrels, and food cache; the location of the emergency assembly area; a review of the roles and responsibilities assigned in the House Emergency Plan.
2. A drill which simulates an emergency evacuation. Separate fire and earthquake drills can be held or they can be incorporated into one drill. Aspects to be included in the drill are: how to respond to an earthquake; all possible evacuation routes; a run-through of the roles assigned in the House Emergency Plan; house assembly at the emergency assembly area. The drill must include practice of plans for disabled persons in all houses (for both ADA and non-ADA accessible houses this include plans for the deaf and blind). Optional: The use of mock injured persons during the drill to simulate a real earthquake and multi house drills utilizing the disaster caches.
3. Participate in a coop-wide emergency drill whose date and nature is decided by ETCom.

Directive for Central Level Moving Forward

• Central Level has determined that we shall create 3 locations to house food supplies to be used for the entire membership in the event of a large-scale emergency. Food will be stored in a shed in a parking spot at Northside Apartments, in a parking structure at Oscar Wilde, and in a shed at Rochdale. There will be enough food (2000 calories per day) for every member for 3 days. The food will be inventoried and rotated by central warehouse staff annually.

• Annually, the Member Resource Supervisor will be responsible for designating a BSC on-call or other employee to review the contents of the food caches in question and will arrange their replenishment according to need, in collaboration with CFS, who will order the supplies. Soon-to-be-expired food will be redistributed and billed to the houses.