The Most Critical
- Keep your vehicle gas tanks at least one half full in case you need to evacuate.
- Carry cash, a whistle, a flashlight and a handkerchief with you at all times.
- If anyone in your family takes medication, carry prescriptions with dosage with you at all times.
- Identify a family member or friend out of your area to call in case local lines are down.
- Store under your bed a pair of work shoes, work gloves, a flashlight, a whistle, a helmet, and a face mask.
CARD Tools and Resources
- Go to the CARD website for more details
- Continuity of Operations Planning
- Safety Signage
- Potty Posters
- Nudge Notices
Plan for a two or three week PARTY
Plan for a two or three week PARTY with your neighbors in the event of a disaster!
- P – Plan and Prepare
- A – Act it out
- R – Reach out to your family, your friends, your neighborhood, etc.
- T – Treat yourself, your family and friends to emergency services gifts
- Y – Because you care!
Each of us can locally commit to
- family, neighborhood and community building
- information sharing and training
- supporting first responders
- assisting for-profit and not-for-profit businesses in maintaining adequate recovery plans
- promoting partnerships between businesses and service clubs with not-for-profits so that all populations receive adequate disaster preparedness supplies and equipment
- strengthening disaster preparedness policies and infrastructure planning locally, regionally, state, nationally, internationally
Neighborhood Emergency Response At-a-Glance (suitable for your business card)
This can be a very useful neighborhood plan and has been adopted from Oakland CARD’s materials. See important links.
Neighborhood Emergency Response At-a-Glance
Neighborhood Command Center:
- Provides neighborhood coordination and resource management
- Provides communication with city, county and emergency services
- Tracks and records all expenses, and activities for possible reimbursement and acknowledgment
Emergency Action and Facilities Group:
- Provides emergency rescue
- Provides communication within the neighborhood
- Assesses damages and may provide structural and infrastructure safety and construction
- May provide portable power and sanitary facilities
- Provides on-going security and neighborhood watch
Emergency Medical Group:
- Provides triage and emergency medical services
- Gathers, preserves and distributes food and water
- Provides coaching, support, entertainment, games, arts, crafts, and other social events
- May provide the temporary schooling for children.