Great to see such a good turnout and so many new new faces at our October meeting about emergency preparedness! As promised, here’s a follow-up with links to a few of the resources that we mentioned in the presentation.
- MYN (Map Your Neighborhood) program – Washington State Emergency Management Division: http://www.emd.wa.gov/myn/.
- SNAP (Seattle Neighborhoods Actively Prepare) program – Seattle Office of Emergency Management: http://www.seattle.gov/emergency/prepare/neighborhood/.
- West Seattle Be Prepared – group website with numerous resources, maps of the West Seattle Emergency Communication Hubs, and information about local preparedness-related events and activities.
Block Watch groups can be a great foundation for emergency preparedness!
- You already know each other; communication channels are established and ready to use. Knowledge of your neighborhood exists; some resources and skills are already known. Vulnerabilities can be addressed before a disaster. Typical hazards can be pre-identified; gas shutoffs can be mapped, etc.
- Neighbors can cut costs and avoid redundancy if they come together to plan and prepare. Specialty resources can be pooled and shared (not everyone needs to own a generator, ladders or chainsaws). Grants from the Department of Neighborhoods are often available to help neighborhoods prepare.
[Added, 10/26/13:] The video that we showed during the meeting was from the Map Your Neighborhood program noted above. If you didn’t pick up a copy of the DVD at the meeting, go to the “MYN Resources to Download” link to find instructions about how to request one.