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Map Your Neighborhood (MYN)

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Statistics show that 90% of all survivors of disasters are rescued by other survivors.  It may be up to you to save the life of another or you may depend on your neighbors to rescue you or your loved ones. The human psyche likes to delude itself by thinking “it can never happen to me” yet our community is vulnerable to a range of potential disasters and experts agree it’s not a question of “if” but “when”.

In fulfillment of COPE Preparedness’ mission to “Promote Emergency Preparedness through Proactive Community Outreach” we are implementing the Map Your Neighborhood (MYN) program in the harbor area.  This program is FEMA endorsed and has been successfully implemented in 22 states.  MYN is a program designed to help neighborhoods prepare for disaster.  Neighbors learn to work together as a team to evaluate their neighborhood following a disaster to increase neighbors’ capacity to survive and be self-sufficient for the first 72 hours after a disaster.  This is particularly important when local police, fire, paramedic, and other professional responder services are overwhelmed.

MYN provides a step-by-step process that neighbors work on together to prepare their neighborhoods for disasters.  Neighborhood leaders or “organizers” complete a two hour FREE “Become a MYN Organizer” program that gives them the materials and skills to reach out into their neighborhoods and implement the MYN program.  Neighborhood residents may meet at one person’s home for a 90-minute preparedness meeting in which MYN program materials will help attendees to learn the 9 steps to take immediately following a disaster.  They identify skills and equipment each neighbor has that may help in such a event, create a neighborhood map pinpointing the locations of all natural gas meters and compile a contact list that includes the names of neighborhood residents who may need extra help in a disaster such as the elderly, people with disabilities, or children who are home alone during certain times of the day.  Finally, neighbors will pick locations that will serve as Neighborhood Gathering Site and Neighborhood Care Center.  Immediately after a disaster, residents check to ensure that their own families and homes are safe and sound. They don protective clothing, that is stored in their ”under the bed box”, and proceed to check for natural gas leaks and shut off the gas to their house if necessary; shut off water and electricity to the house if needed; tape a 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 to assemble four teams. One team remains at the site to monitor local radio broadcasts for emergency information; another team uses the neighborhood contact list to check on individuals who may need extra assistance and transport them to the care center if appropriate; a third team checks neighborhood gas meters and shuts them off when needed; and the remaining team walks door-to-door to check on homes displaying the “Help” placard (or no placard). As the teams complete their assignments, they report back to the gathering site and make further plans as required.

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8 Responses to Map Your Neighborhood (MYN)

  1. […] (also an earthquake prone area) seems to be the most active on this front in the US. A number of groups and government agencies in California support this type of community mapping which they call […]

  2. will washburn says:

    Please send me information on FREE “Become a MYN Organizer” program
    Thank you

  3. Pamela Gaume says:

    I moved to San Pedro a year ago and would like to get involved in a MAP program for my neighborhood [24th & Alma]. Can you tell me if one is in place or who to contact?

  4. […] Cheryl Cashman, the Red Cross Representative had a great talk, and had very succinct points to make on what every citizen of our city should be doing to get ready for that BIG ONE. (I’m summarizing all points below from all talks). Cheryl brought up things I had not really thought of, such as keeping a crowbar in the bedroom in case during a quake your door shuts and the walls shift so you cannot open it. She also mentioned the great Red Cross Earthquake App. Cheryl introduced Kristen Sales who attended an event not unlike this one, who picked up on the “Map Your Neighborhood” system. She explained what the program is: Can you imagine your entire neighborhood being coordinated into sectors, all households knowing what to do in a disaster, and that certain people had certain tasks! Kristen and others in her neighborhood have done just that. Here is more information: Map Your Neighborhood. […]

  5. Roger Waite says:

    I am the Emergency Preparedness coordinator for our church in San Diego. I would like information on how to obtain the “Map Your Neighborhood.” I tried to follow your instructions but somehow I am not doing what you require.. Please assist me in learning more about your program so I can implement this “Map Your Neighborhood.” If this map does what I think it could – I want to implement it through out the boundaries our church here in San Diego.
    Roger Waite

    • Hi Roger,

      First I apologize for the late reply but I was put of the country. The MYN program originates out of Washington State Emergency Preparedness Department. You can google and reach them. I present the program in the Los Angeles area but you can get more information from them.

      Good Luck,
      Lonna Calhoun

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