Preparing for disaster in your neighborhood
Disasters are major events that can strike anywhere and at any time. In a disaster, traditional 9-1-1 and First Responder capabilities such as fire, police, medics, and utility personnel will be overwhelmed and unable to immediately assist individuals.
Preparing your neighborhood is vital. Neighbors will likely be the first ones to offer you assistance. Neighbors that are prepared are more effective in their response to a disaster and have an increased capacity to be self-sufficient for the first 72 hours after a disaster.
Take action today. Begin by thinking about who you consider your neighbors to be. We suggest 15-20 households because the first hour of a disaster response is vital and you want the size of your neighborhood to be manageable. Map Your Neighborhood (MYN) provides excellent guidance on what to do next, as do many local programs.
MYN resources are available at Fire District 6. Just spending a couple of hours with neighbors can help your whole neighborhood be prepared to handle an event that could overwhelm all of you as individuals. The program is similar to having a neighborhood watch meeting in which you commit to helping each other if needed. Review the MYN information on the Washington Emergency Management website.
Please email the Public Education Coordinator or call 360-576-1195 for additional information.