City Offers Free Neighborhood Emergency Preparedness Program

Posted on November 9, 2012 

City Offers Free Neighborhood Emergency Preparedness  Program 

Since September, Mother Nature has given us many reminders both locally and  nationally of the importance of personal emergency preparedness and  connecting with your neighbors. During our September windstorm and power  outage events, neighborhoods that came together to support and assist each  other were able to clear debris and trees quickly, check on vulnerable neighbors,  and offer support in countless other ways. During and after Superstorm Sandy,  we have seen almost hourly examples of the kind of devastation and difficulty  that occurs after a major weather event. We have also seen phenomenal acts of  kindness, neighborhoods that have connected and supported each other, and an  outpouring of support and volunteers from across the country. The lessons  learned from Sandy are still developing but two messages are already  unmistakable: prepare for emergencies in advance and connect with your  neighbors. 

In Anchorage, the Office of Emergency Management has been working hard to  help individuals and neighborhoods plan and prepare for emergencies so that our  families and our community can be more resilient. “I encourage you to take the  time to prepare yourself, your family and your neighborhood so that when  disaster strikes, you are ready to respond and recover together,” said Mayor  Sullivan.  

Disasters and terrible events will occur. We will have more power outages. We  will have severe winter weather, house fires and earthquakes.  “I encourage you to take the time now to prepare yourself, your family and your  neighborhood so that when disaster strikes, you are ready to respond and  recover together,” said Mayor Sullivan. 

Next week the Office of Emergency Management will be hosting two Orientations  to the Emergency Watch Neighborhood Preparedness Program. This program is  designed to help neighborhoods plan and prepare for emergencies as a  community. FEMA Administrator, Craig Fugate, said “If neighbors aren’t helping  neighbors, no one gets there fast enough.” This program will benefit individuals,  families, neighborhoods and our city. 

This program, called Map Your Neighborhood in the Lower 48, has proven to be  one of the most effective preparedness steps families and neighborhoods can  take. The program does take some effort to start but it is free, fully supported by  the Municipality Of Anchorage and absolutely worth the effort. This Orientation  qualifies citizens to start a program but it does not obligate them to start a  program. There will not be another Emergency Watch Orientation until March  2013. The Office of Emergency Management would like to invite residents of  Anchorage to attend one of these Orientations to find out more and get involved  in emergency preparedness. 

The Orientation is free but registration is required. Register online at emergencywatch.eventbrite.com.

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