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Thank you to all who attended the April 4th COPE Preparedness “MYN” Workshop. Your participation and enthusiasm made it at huge success. According to your response the program was very well received. Every attendee (with the exception of one who probably just forgot….) filled out a DARE TO PREPARE form that stated their commitment to household preparedness.We had some fun, some laughs, learned a lot and found out that the resources we may need in a disaster could live next door! Registration was limited to 70 participants and it was a full house.
We appreciate the generous grant support from the Harbor Community Benefit Foundation (HCBF). With grant funds COPE Preparedness implemented the “Map Your Neighborhood” emergency preparedness program at Providence Medical Center in San Pedro on April 4th. The next program will be held on August 1, 2015.
Read more about MYN: The COPE Preparedness MAP YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD (MYN) program is designed to help neighborhoods prepare for disasters by providing a step-by-step process that gives residents materials and skills to become disaster resilient. MYN improves community resiliency because it specifically addresses the need for personal and neighborhood preparedness and for “block by block” preparedness planning, mapping of resources, care for the infirm, elderly and children in order to mobilize available human and tangible resources after disaster. In the MYN workshop participants learn how to prepare their own households and subsequently implement the MYN on their residential block. Program instructions and handouts include templates that are utilized to identify skills and equipment each neighbor has that may be useful during a disaster; guidelines on pinpointing the locations of all natural gas meters and compiling a contact list of residents who may need extra help in a disaster such as the elderly, people with disabilities, or children who are sometimes home alone. Instructions for selecting a Neighborhood Gathering Site and Neighborhood Care Center are included. The plan outlines specific disaster response steps as example; after residents assure that their own families and homes are safe they don protective clothing that is stored in their “under the bed box”, and then check for natural gas leaks. They shut off the gas, water and electricity if needed; tape a provided placard onto their front door or window signaling their status (“OK” or “Help”). Those who are able then go to the designated Neighborhood Gathering Site, where they use the skills and equipment information prepared earlier, then neighbors assemble to monitor local radio broadcasts for emergency information; walk door-to-door to check on homes displaying the “Help” placard (or no placard) and provide assistance to those in need.
The MYN program educates the community on the basics of personal preparedness including what each individual and family should have by way of supplies and planning to self-sustain for the recommended two weeks and provides training on how to develop neighborhood plans. Ongoing education is achieved by distribution of the COPE monthly e-newsletter that distributes preparedness information. The prime objective of the program is safety. By preparing individuals and businesses to self-sustain during disasters lives will be saved, injuries prevented, the environment will be protected and response and recovery of the community will be enhanced. The MYN is based on an ongoing Community Initiative that forged and focused public and private partnerships to assess community preparedness gaps and fulfill resiliency objectives.
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