Oct 11 2017

Time to Prepare Your Neighborhood for Emergencies

Is your neighborhood prepared for a major earthquake, wildfire, or other emergency?

Piedmont has a program to help neighborhoods come together to help each other. Would you like to help organize your block to join the other 30 Piedmont neighborhoods that have participated?

Communities across America have successfully implemented the “Map Your Neighborhood” (MYN) program to organize and prepare for public safety disasters in their communities. It is focused on neighborhoods with 15-25 adjacent residences (although there is flexibility on either end.)

The Piedmont Public Safety Committee and the Piedmont Fire Department will help facilitate MYN meetings which usually last 90 minutes. MYN provides a ready reference for actions to be taken before and after an earthquake, including mapping neighborhood utility shut-offs, preparing a neighborhood roster, and developing a process to check on the safety of all neighbors, particularly persons who are alone, disabled, or otherwise requiring assistance.

The program also provides a process to identify vital skills and resources that may exist in a neighborhood.

If you would be willing to organize your block or find out more about the program, please contact Sheila March at smarch@piedmont.ca.gov or (510) 420-3010.

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