It’s a kinder gentler thought to imagine a big emergency with all of your family safely tucked in at home.
But will you all really be together?
Those in closest proximity will either be your greatest asset or your greatest concern.
Make a point of pursuing cooperation and brotherhood after an emergency situation has occurred.
START A NEIGHBORHOOD NETWORK!
Give everyone a flyer with a date, time and place with enough notice to avoid most scheduling conflicts.
[Many people don’t appreciate an unexpected knock on the door, and if you don’t yet know your neighbors, they may be a little leery.]
IF you can comfortably approach in person, let them know that you will be holding a meeting to prepare and plan for whatever disasters your locale may face. Offer your phone number or email so they can contact you with question.
Mama’s neighbor greeted her when she moved into the neighborhood and explained that his family tried to keep current contact info for everyone to distribute, so that we can reach one another in emergencies or just look out for one another as a sort of “neighborhood watch”…even for situations like a vacationing neighbor who suddenly has water seeping out under the garage door…
I loved it.
Perhaps you could send a flyer to invite everyone over for rootbeer floats one summer night, or to share from a big pot of soup you heated and some fresh loaves of bread from the bakery ( not too pricey). Once you have all had a chance to meet one another a socialize a bit, suggest haveing a gathering to discuss emergency preparation on the street, in the building or what ever your living situation is.
You likely will meet reluctant neighbors.
- Try to let them know there is no p[, and although it’s a “downer” of a subject, it could take a lot of the fear away in an event, because there is SOME sort of plan.
- If someone seems favorable, get a number or email address so that you can follow-up and remind them closer to the date of the meeting.
- If you can’t seem to meet someone face-to-face, leave the flyer as planned.
For the first gathering in your neighborhood here are a few points to discuss:
- Identify what problems you may face: wild-fire,flood, earthquake, tornado, hurricane…
- Explain briefly how important preparing as a group really is…and how it can restore peace of mind and bring calm in an otherwise chaotic situation.
- Try to begin to take an inventory of supplies, tools etc. that people may be equipped with.
- Note any special skills that could be helpful and make note of them.
Try to find a list of trainings available that those interested could attend, like First Aid & CPR http://www.redcross.org/take-a-class,
or CERT training. http://www.fema.gov/community-emergency-response-teams
If you can gather handouts for them to take home that reinforce the importance of planning and also provide tips, do so!
Finally, ask if any others would care to join in the efforts more heartily, and plan to discuss further with them.