Your neighborhood has been sponsored, and so this program is free to you. When you receive your invitation to attend a briefing in a neighbor's home, be sure to make it a priority to attend. A representative of NSN will be there to show you how you and your neighbors can reach a greater level of peace of mind and self sufficiency to handle disaster situations. Side benefits are that you will experience a reduction in crime, and create a greater sense of community. It's all good stuff!
The first step is a series of neighborhood meetings throughout your sponsored area. Thus, we need a number of you to step forward to offer your home as one of those locations. You'll find this is easy, fun and rewarding.
Here's what is involved: You would make your home available for your neighbors, a representative from Neighborhood Safety Net, and the sponsor. Generally figure on about 15 people attending, and about two hours duration.
The sponsor will provide refreshments, and will also take care of the invitation to neighbors.
Once neighbors have said hello – with many meeting each other for the first time - the Neighborhood Safety Net representative will give a brief overview of how this program came about, experiences of others who enjoy this program in their neighborhood, and the steps you all need to take to be better prepared.
At the meeting, several others will volunteer their homes for future meetings. You will also start to assemble your list of those who have been trained in CPR, First Aid, CERT, use of Defibrillators, and so on. Also, we'll learn who would like to be better trained in these activities, as well what resources are available in the neighborhood, which neighbors may be at particular risk, and a number of other important aspects of preparing.
Over the course of the program, as well as getting better prepared, social and crime reduction aspects of the program will unfold. It is even conceivable that your home could eventually be worth more then comparable homes where this program is not in effect...and will also sell faster.
Currently, this program is in effect, at different levels of maturity, in 21 cities; mainly along the 101 corridor from Altadena to Solvang. Fire and Police chiefs, government officials, First Responders, FEMA staff, and medical professionals become part of this program when offered in their neighborhoods.
The following comment will give you some idea of the importance of taking action now:
“I'm Alan Cowan. As Deputy Chief of the Los Angeles Fire Department, and Commander of the Emergency Services Bureau – retired now – and head of all paramedic services for greater Los Angeles...I KNOW the importance of being prepared, and have seen the unfortunate consequences of neglect in this subject.
9/11 was a surprise; the Northridge earthquake was a surprise – and when the next event occurs.......IT will be a surprise.
You may have to think fast, and act fast, to save your family. In order to do that, you have to prepare ahead. So the time to train and get supplies is now. It is a virtual certainty you will be on your own and out of communication after a major incident.
Neighborhood Safety Net is taking supportive and worthwhile actions to help you get prepared as a neighborhood. Take this opportunity to work together, set up that back-up communication system, and work with your neighbors.
Volunteer for something – and get involved...you'll be GLAD you did!”