Map Your Neighborhood
It is important to be prepared in case of an earthquake or other natural disaster. We all know we need to store extra water, food, and medical supplies, but preparedness goes beyond that. It also includes helping those around us who may not be able to help themselves.
Communities throughout California have been getting together to make sure their neighbors will have the support they need for their loved ones during a time of adversity. Their program of choice is “Map Your Neighborhood.” We are beginning to implement the program here in the neighborhoods of the Rancho Mirage Community Association.
Meet Your Neighbors
The program enables you to meet your neighbors and identify certain skills that may be available to you immediately following an earthquake or other natural disaster. Knowing which neighbors have medical certifications, the ability to run a chainsaw or turn off the gas in your home, may save you or your loved ones from harm or suffering. As we know, it may take several days for public assistance to come to our rescue. During the hours following a major disaster your neighbors will be the first ones to be in a position to help you.
To start this program, we need your help. We are looking for people ON EACH BLOCK who might know many of their neighbors already. If this is you, please contact us. Perhaps you know of a neighbor who might be interested in hosting a small gathering. The first meeting for the Map Your Neighborhood program was held in late March on San Gorgonio Road. The 14 people in attendance were pleased to learn how we can implement this program to enable us to take care of ourselves and our neighbors in the event of a major disaster. From this first meeting, we plan to spread the word to others, as well as to plan for additional meetings in our neighborhood.
Neighbors are invited to individual meetings of about 15- 20 people to watch an interactive 90 minute video. During this time you get to meet your immediate neighbors and learn about various skills and neighborhood help centers that may be available for you in a disaster. Since we have almost 500 homes and businesses in the RMCA, you can see this will take some time.
During the next couple of months you will hear about Map Your Neighborhood meetings that will be held on your block or nearby your home. We encourage you to watch for the dates and plan to attend your meeting, where refreshments will be served.
Three of your neighbors already volunteered to oversee this project for our neighborhood. Each of them has training in a variety of Emergency Preparedness skills, including CERT certifications and Search and Rescue Training. Please feel free to give them a call if you have questions or can help in any way:
Cindy Muller……………….(760) 567-2694 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rick Zajic………………….. (760) 423-6645 email@example.com
RMCA Board member, Carol Hochsprung, is assisting with the project.
Click here for the Map Your Neighborhood video series.
Map Your Neighborhood on So-Cal News.