Now that you know your plan and have put together your own disaster kits, it’s important to make sure your friends and neighbors are just as prepared. Here are some ways that you can HELP EACH OTHER!
Community Preparedness Toolkit: A step-by-step guide to getting started and executing service activities follows.
- STEP ONE: Identify Local Partners
- STEP TWO: Build a Team
- STEP THREE: Set Goals
- STEP FOUR: Serve Your Community
- STEP FIVE: Celebrate Success
You can also help by becoming a Community Preparedness Leader.
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
CERT is a nationally recognized program offered in many communities throughout the country. CERT graduates provide an important resource to the community following large scale emergencies.
- Emergency preparedness and hazard identification
- Fire safety and suppression
- Disaster medical operations including life-saving first aid
- Light search and rescue
- Team organization
- Disaster psychology
After a disaster, some activities may require more than a few people to accomplish. At the same time, you may need to pool your resources. Working together will help rebuild your community faster.
Look Out for Each Other
Make connections with your neighbors ahead of time and know which residents in your community may need special attention in the event of a disaster. Set up a buddy system to help check in on vulnerable residents.
If you attended the Baltimore Office of Sustainability Annual Town Hall on April 22, 2014, you probably picked up one of our SAFE/HELP Window Signs. If not, visit the Make a plan. Build a kit. Help each other—Small Neighborhood Meetings page to find out how your community can receive a set of window signs.
These signs can be displayed in a window at the front of your house so your neighbors can quickly evaluate your situation. If, after you place your own sign in your window, you can see through your window any neighbor displaying the orange “HELP” side of the sign, try to contact emergency officials for them. Remember, if you are trying to get through to a non-emergency phone line (for example, to call your neighbor’s phone) it will be easier to text immediately following an emergency. This will keep cell towers open for emergency phone calls.
Be sure to follow emergency procedures and remain indoors when instructed to do so. However, when it is safe for you to exit your home, you may walk through your community to look for residents displaying the orange “HELP” side.
These signs are not a substitute for contact with emergency officials, and are intended for neighborhood communication only! Always call 9-1-1 for emergencies requiring immediate assistance.
Spread the Word!
Tell your friends, family and co-workers about this website so they can get prepared, too!
And be sure to find out what your community can do if you’re interested in having individuals the Office of Sustainability come to your neighborhood for a “Make a plan. Build a kit. Help each other.” Small Neighborhood Meeting.
Check out these great resources:
- Baltimore Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management, STEPS TO GET INVOLVED.
- See the Make It Through website
- Learn about the Neighbors Helping Neighbors approach.