Neighbors planning together
Many communities offer preparedness programs designed to help neighbors plan together to better help each other during times of emergency. Programs may be advertised as Map Your Neighborhood (MYN) or simply Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET). Here are some local programs offered:
- PC-NET – Pierce County Neighborhood Emergency Teams
- KPREP – Kitsap Practices Responsible Emergency Preparedness
- SPAN –Bellevue’s neighborhood program
- SNAP–Seattle Neighborhoods Actively Prepare
Contact your local office of emergency management to learn more about neighborhood programs in your area: http://makeitthrough.org/local-agencies/
The concept of neighborhood programs is simple. Get to know your neighbors, choose a place to meet after a disaster and make a plan to check on one another and to offer help where needed. Many neighborhood emergency groups also participate in Block Watch programs through their local police department.
Learn how to reduce hazards and help others
Identify ways to minimize impacts if a catastrophe happens. For instance, how and when to control utilities, such as electricity and natural gas:
- See a video about how to control natural gas
Spread the word
Tell your friends, family and co-workers about this website so they can get prepared.
We’d also like to hear from you. Tell us your story about surviving a catastrophe or getting prepared.