AUGUST: Get involved
Help your community groups with disaster preparation
By Darrell Dorr
August 14, 2017
Seek to include disaster preparations in whatever groups or communities you’re already part of: service clubs, residential associations, faith communities, whatever. For example, Fire District 1 has programs both for faith communities (like ReadySunday) and for neighborhood groups (like Map Your Neighborhood).
ReadySunday brings disaster preparedness to faith-based congregations in south Snohomish County. People often turn to their faith in times of crisis. ReadySunday provides resources to educate congregations on what they can do to prepare and support each other in a major disaster.
Neighborhoods that are prepared for disasters save lives, reduce the severity of injuries and trauma and reduce property damage. Map Your Neighborhood teaches neighbors to rely on each other during the hours or days before fire, medical, police or utility responders arrive. You can help us bring this program to your community by becoming a Neighborhood Ambassador Volunteer.
To schedule a ReadySunday, or to learn about Map Your Neighborhood and Neighborhood Ambassadors, contact Kristen Thorstenson, 425-551-1240.
Circles of involvement
By Darrell Dorr
August 9, 2017
So far in 2017 we’ve focused on helping you and your household to get ready for disasters, but you’re probably aware that many of your neighbors aren’t ready. Once you get your house in order, it’s a wise investment to help your neighbors, partly for their sake, and partly for your own, because in a major disaster we’re going to need to lean on each other for help.
One good place to start is by noticing who in your neighborhood is isolated or otherwise especially vulnerable. This could include elderly neighbors, people with disabilities, people who don’t speak English well, newcomers or people whose long work hours keep them from meeting neighbors. Take time to meet such people, help them make plans, and including checking on them in your plan.
In the subsequent weeks of August we’ll look at other choices in your “circles of involvement.”
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