Disaster Preparedness Plan
committee STRucture and emergency plan
We know that eventually we will suffer a major disaster.
It has been shown inside the United States as well as outside, that communities that prepare (are organized for disaster preparedness, develop infrastructure, have communication systems and have community spirit) SURVIVE major disasters much better than communities that don’t.
Approximately 10 years ago Lindberg Park Neighborhood Watch developed a Disaster Preparedness committee. The committee studied other cities and communities to see existing best practices and then developed our own plan.
We made a few assumptions:
There will be a period of time when we will be on our own. Once the authorities are able to come in, we will hand off all the injuries to the professionals.
No cell phones or land lines operational.
What we did in Lindberg Park:
We began by developing a Lindberg Park disaster committee. This group acted as our leadership which was responsible for implementing our disaster program. It is helpful to have a nurse or doctor on this committee.
We then set out to determine what disaster supplies we needed and how much they cost. We also set out to determine where we would store our supplies. We decided to build a disaster cabinet on City property (with City permission). It was determined that our disaster and medical supplies would cost $1,000.00. We then (as a whole community) held a fund raiser (7 garage sales) and actually raised $2,500.00. We purchased the supplies and built our cabinet in the back of the Stone House.
Next - Divided our neighborhood into blocks. We have approximately 25 block captains and 25 alternate block captain.
Next - Establish mode of communication. In Lindberg Park we use walkie-talkies on our own designated channel which is 12-0. We practice this communication with the CA Great Shake Out every year.
Next - We established Activation Instructions which is a plan of what everyone should do after an earthquake. This is one page which everyone has by their bed.
Next - We have a record of all residents so that we can find out all our resources (nurses, doctors, engineers, carpenters, contractors, electricians, etc). Complete your Resident Profile to add your household to the record.
Next - We established a network of medical professionals that live in Lindberg Park
Disaster Entertainment - We established a program which we call disaster entertainment. This is a group of people who will support the needs of our community during a disaster (baby-sitting, talking, running errands, etc.)
We try to practice our program every year on the Great California Shakeout drill.
What is our Lindberg Park plan and objective?
To develop an infrastructure of people that know every resident in our community. This is the role of our 25 block captains.
Have the ability to visit every resident. This is the role of our 25 block captains.
Have the ability to identify every problem (injury, etc.). This is the role of our 25 block captains.
Communicate with community command center.
Deploy teams to treat each person with a problem identified by our block captains.
Refer these injuries / problems to the authorities once they arrive.