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Hurricane Preparedness Week - Friday

Help Your Neighbor

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Did you know that by knowing your neighbors, you can help save lives? You have the power to help your community prepare for hurricanes by interacting with your neighbors! When hurricanes strike, many think of our firefighters, law enforcement, and emergency medical personnel as our first responders, but the real first responder is YOU. Professional first responders could be hours, days, or weeks from arriving. This means, if you are in an affected area, you may be on your own for a while. By knowing your neighbors, you can end the isolation.

Neighbors helping neighbors is a common sight following a hurricane, but the process should start well in advance. Just like having a personal preparedness plan in place, you should ask your community leaders/HOA/neighbors if your neighborhood has a plan. If they don't, consider hosting a neighborhood meeting to create one. Neighborhood plans are not complicated and should be easy to execute. Examples of things that could be included are: the creation of a neighborhood Facebook page where preparedness and emergency hazard updates can be shared, the creation of a phone-to-phone or door-to-door phone tree for evacuation and post disaster information sharing, and a list of those who may need assistance during an evacuation or during re-entry. This way when something happens, your neighborhood is informed, connected, and ready to act.

Another strength of neighborhood readiness is the opportunity to learn about the skills and resources within your neighborhood. Perhaps you have individuals with medical training, utility skills, or construction experience just within your block. Maybe you don't have a ladder, but Ms. Smith down the street has an extra. Think about what skills and resources you have that could help your neighbors. By working together, we are able to make a greater impact than we can alone. So take a moment to reach out to your neighbors and develop a plan.

Last Updated: May 11, 2018 8:19 AM

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