Communities that work together during an emergency are less confused and have a higher rate of survival. If someone around you is elderly, has a physical disability or is unable to leave their home, ask them if they need assistance.
Don't wait until the emergency happens to ask people if they need assistance. Form a neighborhood committee that can work together in emergency situations. Find out ahead of time who may need help when the time comes.
If you would like to do more with your neighborhood,
Check out this guide from Citizen Corps.
It's called Map Your Neighborhood
(MYN). Map your neighborhood was designed to improve
readiness at the neighborhood level. MYN provides a step-by-step
process that groups of neighbors can work through together to
prepare for disasters.
This program will help you to:
Learn the first 9 Steps to take
immediately following a disaster to secure your home and
to protect your neighborhood.
Identify the skills and equipment
each neighbor has that are useful in an effective disaster
Create a Neighborhood Map showing the locations of:
a. Each natural gas meter and propane tank.
b. Each neighbor who is elderly, who has disability,
and where children are who may be home alone at certain
hours of the day.
Suggestions to help
get your neighbors involved with this program:
First, start by having a preliminary
meeting with a few key neighbors to discuss the possibility
of this program being a success in your area. Together you
can discuss how you want to get the rest of the neighborhood
involved, when and where would be a good time and place,
and who will set things up and host the meetings.
You will want to follow up with your neighbors and thank them for coming. Depending on how your first meeting went, start to promote it to the rest of the neighborhood.
Working together as a whole will be a major part of setting up your neighborhood team and response. Even if everyone is not able to come and participate, you can still practice a successful response to emergencies. After your neighborhood is knowledgeable of what to do and feels ready to respond to an emergency, your neighborhood should practice a mock drill to some scale.
How to get supplies:
For the Map Your Neighborhood booklets, brochures, sample teaching points and posters,
Contact United Way of Yellowstone County: The Volunteer Center
(406)272-8510 or email@example.com