North Lincoln County CERT
Depoe Bay CERT
Central Coast CERT (Newport)
South Lincoln County CERT (Yachats)
Get involved with a local CERT team, Neighborhood Watch or another civic
association and work together to develop a community disaster preparedness plan.
Begin with a discussion of the following topics:
Neighborhood directory - Create a list of home and work phone
numbers and e-mail addresses for all community members, noting contact
information and plans for children and seniors who may be home alone during
emergency situations. Include important phone numbers, such as the local
emergency management office and the non-emergency numbers for the police
department, fire department, and FBI field office.
Members with special skills or equipment - Identify
members of the community who have special skills (medical, technical) or
equipment that they would be willing to share in the event of an emergency.
Consider CPR and first aid training for community volunteers. To find CPR and
first aid training in your area, contact a local hospital community outreach
program or the American Red Cross.
Community warning system - Community members should know their
local warning system. In the event of a disaster, local radio and television
stations will provide information on evacuation routes, temporary shelters, and
other emergency procedures. Depending on the circumstances, any one of three
protective actions (shelter-in-place, prepare-to-evacuate, or evacuate) may be
Mail safety - Community members should know how to identify and
protect themselves from suspicious mail.
Caring for pets - Community members should know what to do with
pets in an emergency.
Property protection - Community members should have working
fire extinguishers and know how to shut off their utilities such as gas,
electricity, and water in the event of an emergency. House address numbers
should be large and well-lighted so emergency personnel can find homes easily.
Consider having a representative from a local utility company or fire department
speak to your neighborhood watch group about property protection during a
Local shelters - Provide the location of all county shelters to
community members. (Shelters are often located in public school buildings.)
Include their pet policies, if possible. Also, identify any community members
who would be willing to provide shelter to others in an emergency.
Members with special needs - Identify members of the community
who may need special assistance during an emergency. These members might include
seniors, individuals who are hearing or mobility impaired, and children who are
home alone. Develop a plan to assist them during an emergency.
Existing Emergency Plans
Evacuation Procedures - Develop a neighborhood evacuation plan.
Contact the local emergency management office and find out ahead of time what
evacuation routes have been designated for your area. Distribute maps to
community members. Become familiar with major and alternate routes to leave your
area before a disaster.
School emergency plans - Find out what your local school
district and day care centers plan to do in the event of an emergency. Many
school districts stagger school hours so schools can share buses and therefore
might not be able to evacuate all the schools at the same time. Make sure
children know where to meet parents in the event schools are evacuated or an
early release occurs.
Family emergency plans - Encourage community members to develop
family preparedness plans that cover emergency contact information for family
members, predetermined meeting places, home evacuation procedures, emergency pet
care, safe storage of food and water, and assembling disaster supplies kits.
Source: Corporation for National and Community
Service and the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC)