To do this we have held Block Meetings at a hosting Block Captain's home with their neighborhood residents where this has allowed for one-on-one contact, which is essential to the program, as it allows residents to familiarize themselves with each other.
We have provided regular crime reports so you can be aware of what crimes are occurring in your area and take action to prevent similar crimes from happening to you and your neighbors.
We have also provided training in preparedness with the Map Your Neighborhood Program. In February, the 2000 block of Hillcrest will meet and be trained in the 9 steps to take to Connect, Prepare, and Respond after a disaster occurs, allowing for fewer serious injuries, less loss of life and reduced property damage. The Hillcrest block, will join with many other blocks who have trained to be a prepared and ready community.
In the next few months we will have the opportunity to again assess our progress with a survey that will be offered to residents as in previous years. Last year we reached a plateau in our progress according to the survey results.
As recent events around the world have reminded us, disasters rarely affect just a single person or household. Devastation impacts entire neighborhoods and communities. In a disaster the people that surround you - your neighbors and fellow community members - will be the ones you turn to for immediate help. And very likely they will turn to you. Are you ready?
WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO PREPARE?
Are you prepared for an emergency? Quiz yourself on the questions below to see just how prepared you are. If you don't know the answer to some of the questions, ask us, or visit Ready.gov for tips and resources that can help make sure you, your family, and your community are Ready.
* Does your local government have an emergency or disaster plan for your community? If so, do you know what it is?
* Do you know how to find the emergency broadcasting channel on the radio?
* Does your city/county have an emergency alert system? Is so, are you signed up to get alerts?
* Do you know your local evacuation routes? How would you get out of town from work? How about from home?
* In the last year, have you prepared or updated your Emergency Supply Kit with emergency supplies like water, food and medicine that is kept in a designated place in your home? Visit Ready.gov for an Emergency Supply Kit checklist.
* In the last year, have you prepared a small kit with emergency supplies that you keep at home, in your car or where you work to take with you if you had to leave quickly?
* In the last year, have you made a specific plan for how you and your family would communicate in an emergency situation if you were separated?
* Are you prepared to help your neighbor? In most emergencies, the best way to get help quickly is by working with your neighbors. Do you know anyone in your neighborhood who might need a little extra help preparing for or responding to an emergency?
* Have you established a specific meeting place for your family to reunite in the event you and your family cannot return home or are evacuated?
* In the last year, have you practiced or drilled on what to do in an emergency at home?
* In the last year, have you volunteered to help prepare for or respond to a major emergency?
* Have you taken first aid training such as CPR in the past five years?
There is no greater force than people joining forces. And there is no strength greater than strength in numbers. Connecting, Preparing and Responding together will be critical to our survival.
~Sincerely, Tracy Hopkins