Disaster can strike quickly and without warning, sometimes isolating entire neighborhoods. As Hurricane Katrina reminded us, neighbors may need to rely on each other and their own resources for several days before help arrives. Authorities strongly urge each family to be self-sustaining for at least five days.
Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a simple way to prepare for emergencies such as an earthquake or other major disaster. It does not require any special expertise or knowledge – just a desire to help and be more prepared.
In my experience, the most effective way to do the greatest good for your family, neighbors and community, is to enroll in you local Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) training.
The CERT Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community, and it’s FREE!
Family Emergency Plan
Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it’s important to plan in advance. How will you contact one another? Where will you meet? How will your contact method and meeting place change for different emergency situations?
Don’t worry, it’s simple to make a family emergency plan! Download the “Family Communication Plan for Parents and Kids,” and fill out the sections before printing it or emailing it to your family and friends. Have a family meeting to review and practice your family plan. You might also purchase battery-operated two-way FRS radios and learn how to communicate with your neighbors.
You’ll be better prepared to safely reunite your family and loved ones during an emergency if you think ahead and communicate with others in advance. Start your Family Emergency Plan today!
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If you are interested in becoming a Block Captain, click here and you will receive a welcome email and all the information you will need, including a 3 minute training video on how to prepare for and host your first block meeting, as well as, sample invitations, ICE forms and brochures. Sign Me Up!Sign-up as a Participating Neighbor:
If you would like to participate in the monthly program as a neighbor or would like to invite other neighbors to the program click here. Each month participants will receive a 3-minute training video and materials that will help them organize their home so they are ready for any kind of emergency. Don’t wait until it’s too late.