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Disasters (see Worst case scenario) 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. (more)
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. The rule of thumb is to limit your neighborhood to those homes you can reach within fifteen (15) minutes because the first hour of a disaster response is vital and you want the size of your neighborhood to be manageable. The Map Your Neighborhood (MYN) program provides excellent guidance on what to do next, as do many local programs. (Source)
“Map Your Neighborhood (MYN)” is a program designed to help neighborhoods prepare for disasters.
Learn the “9 Steps to Take Immediately Following a Disaster” to secure your home and to protect your neighborhood. It is hard to think clearly following disaster and these steps will help you to quickly and safely take actions that can minimize damage and protect lives.
Identify the Skills and Equipment each neighbor has that would be useful in an effective disaster response. Knowing which neighbors have supplies and skills helps your disaster response be timely, and allows everyone to contribute to the response in a meaningful way.
Create a Neighborhood Map identifying the locations of natural gas and propane tanks for quick response if needed.
Create a Contact List that helps identify those with specific needs such as elderly, disabled, or children who may be home alone during certain hours of the day.
Work together as a team to evaluate your neighborhood after a disaster and take the necessary actions.
Remember: In a disaster, your most immediate source of help are the neighbors living around you. (Click here to view the WA state MYN program)
We encourage Island neighborhoods to host and attend MYN meetings and are eager to help you set up a MYN team in your neighborhood.
Contact a member of your MIEP Team for more information regarding MYN on Marrowstone Island.
Click here to visit the WA MYN site.