What is “Map Your Neighborhood”?
“Map Your Neighborhood” (MYN) is a program designed to help neighborhoods prepare for disasters. A single disaster causes many individual emergencies at one time. Unfortunately, the police or fire department may not be able to respond to your call for help in a timely manner. Professional emergency response to your situation may be delayed for hours, even days. Of necessity you and your neighbors become the first responders to your emergencies. Preparing your neighborhood is vital. 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. In recent time this 72 hour rule has changed to 2 weeks.
MYN will help you to:
Learn the 9 steps to take immediately following a disaster to secure your home and protect your neighborhood.
Create a neighborhood map identifying locations of natural gas and propane tanks.
Create a contact list that helps identify those with specific needs, such as elderly, disabled or children who may be home alone during certain times of the day.
Identify the skills and equipment each neighbor has that would be useful in effective disaster response.
Work together as a team to evaluate your neighborhood during the first hour following a disaster and take the necessary actions.
Remember: In a disaster, your neighbors are the most immediate source of help.
Interested in having Map Your Neighborhood where you live? For more information or to get started mapping your neighborhood, contact:
|Whatcom County Sheriff's Office |
Division of Emergency Management
|City of Bellingham
Office of Emergency Management
|Email: wcsodem@co.Whatcom.wa.us||Email: firstname.lastname@example.org|
|(360) 676-6681||(360) 778-8440|