While the key to emergency preparedness lies with the individual/family unit,
it is most often enhanced by the coordinated efforts of an entire
neighborhood, with families working together to help each other. To be
effective, this must be a carefully planned, coordinated effort. EMCOM
Community Emergency Preparedness Coordinators are called upon to act as the
coordinating entity for individual neighborhoods. Their actions will include:
- Insuring individuals or families with special needs are taken care of
during/after an emergency.
- Surveying the neighborhood for individuals with special experience, training, skills and/or equipment that would be useful to the community in various
types of emergencies.
- Setting up community level post-emergency assembly areas from which
head counts will be taken and passed to emergency responders, and from which
neighborhood evacuations can be dispatched.
- Setting up community rosters for emergency notification "chain" calls, and
for taking head counts in assembly areas after an emergency.
- Setting up coordinated back-up emergency communications for the neighborhood.
- Helping set up additional training for themselves or any interested neighbors for CPR, First Aid, light Search & Rescue, etc., or matching them with
other volunteer organizations.