Neighbors Helping Neighbors

In a disaster your most immediate sources of help are the neighbors living around you.

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There are a multitude of different disasters which could happen at any time, with little or no warning. It could be a fire that affects just your home, a situation that isolates your neighborhood, or an event  large enough to impact your community, the region, or our whole country.   After a disaster strikes, you and your family will need to be prepared to be on your own for up to 72 hours. In some cases outside help may take up to a week.

Emergency response teams will have prioritized tasks and may not be able to provide   immediate care to all those in need. It will be very important for you to know what to do to take care of yourself and your loved ones, your pets, and your belongings.

We cannot stop these disasters from occurring, but we can limit their impact on us and those we love. Contrary to what you may think, the chances of being killed or injured in a disaster are very low. More likely you will be unable to live normally in your home. It may be damaged, have no power, water or heat. Your home may not even be safe for you to return to.

In a disaster, your most immediate sources of help are the neighbors living around you. It has been shown time and time again, that neighborhoods that are prepared for emergencies save lives, reduce severity of injury and trauma, and reduce property damage.

Proper planning and preparation will help you and your family be more comfortable in the event that your home is damaged. How well you manage the aftermath of disaster   depends a great deal on your level of preparedness when disaster strikes.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors will assist you in developing a neighborhood network that will be prepared to support each other in a disaster.

For more information on Neighbors Helping Neighbors and how to get your neighborhood involved contact: Cindy Henderson - Emergency Services Manager, chenderson@co.del-norte.ca.us, 707-954-8775; Debra Wakefield - debrawake@gmail.com

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