Does your neighborhood have a plan in place to help each other should we have a catastrophic event? Do you have a plan so your children, seniors and pets will be taken care of?
If not, the Carnation-Duvall Citizen Corps is offering the "Map Your Neighborhood" program. This program was developed following an earthquake when survivors were asking themselves: "What can we do to help?"
"Map Your Neighborhood" involves identifying the skills and equipment each neighbor has, along with mapping your neighborhood to show the locations of gas meters, propane tanks and special needs homes that house seniors, people with disabilities and unattended children. The basics of this program, along with "9 Steps to Take Immediately Following a Disaster," will be taught at an orientation class on Wednesday, May 4, at the Carnation Fire Station from 7-8 p.m.
In addition, the Carnation-Duvall Citizen Corps will be sending teams of trained community emergency response teams, medical reserve corps and SnoValley Amateur Radio Club volunteers to your neighborhood to access how well you have prepared and to answer questions. The volunteers will also offer training on firewise safety to mitigate wildfire damage, tips on setting up a neighborhood care center and gathering site and instructions on the best ways to communicate following a disaster or emergency. This assessment will take place on Saturday, May 21, from 10-11:30 a.m.
For more information on the Carnation-Duvall Citizen Corps or its programs visit www.carnationduvallcitizencorps.or contact President Helen Duffy at 425-457-6322.