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Neighborhood Preparedness

Neighborhoods
Preparedness


Organize Your Neighbors

Here is the checklist for organizing your neighborhood. (NOTE: If you attend our Organize Your Neighborhood Class, you will receive a packet of personal and neighborhood preparedness material for each household on your team.)

Bare Bones

1.  Determine the area you will cover.
In order to respond quickly and efficiently after a disaster, it is good to establish a reasonably sized area your team can cover. 15 houses is a good sized team with 25 homes being a maximum. Determine what section of your neighborhood block will be included. If you have a small block, you may cover the entire block. However, if your block is lengthy, you may want to split it into two teams. 

2. Look at the First Steps handout.

  • Gathering Site: Determine where neighbors will meet after a disaster. Consider a place you might have shelter from the elements, but that is visible, ex. open car park or large porch. Write this location on the First Steps handout, "Step 7."

  • Care Center: Determine where people with special needs, kids that are home alone, and the elderly will be taken. Write this location on the First Steps handout, "Step 8."

3.  Make copies of map.
Each household should receive a copy of the neighborhood map. Watch this video on how to create a map. Print out. Outline each building so it is more visible. Write house numbers (ex. 535) on each house as well as number the houses based on the size of your team, ex. 1-16. 

4.  Make a copy of the following handouts + map for each household. 
NOTE: If you attend the Organize your Neighborhood for Disaster Preparedness class (see Events Calendar), you will get a set for each household on your team.

ENGLISH
Minimum Disaster Supplies for Two Weeks
Emergency Contact Form & Evacuation Plan (PDF)
First Steps After a Disaster
OK/Help Sign (color version)

SPANISH (COMING SOON)
Minimum Disaster Supplies for Two Weeks
Emergency Contact Form & Evacuation Plan (PDF)
First Steps After a Disaster
OK/Help Sign (color version)

 


Workplace Preparedness

Content coming soon... hopefully. 


CERT Training

See our home page for current Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training classes.  The course is 20 hours long with an 8 am - 5 pm drill at the end. In order to get the certificate all modules of the training and attendance at the drill is required. You can sign up to take CERT in another community if the offering in Richmond does not work for your schedule. You may also make up missed modules in other cities in order not to wait an extended time for the next series of classes is offered. You must make up the exact module you missed. Look at the class flyers on our home page to see when other municipalities are offering CERT classes. If there is nothing on the home page, that means there are no current classes being offered.