Map Your Neighborhood (MYN) is a program sponsored by the Kitsap County Department of Emergency Management and the Bainbridge Island Fire Department that provides tools to help citizens and communities prepare for the worst.
Winter snow storms, wind storms, and earthquakes can all leave us without power, communication or transportation. Are you prepared to handle these emergencies until help arrives?
Map Your Neighborhood will help you to:
Learn the Nine Steps to Take Immediately Following a Disaster to secure your home and to protect your neighborhood. It's hard to think clearly following a disaster and using these steps will help you to quickly and safely take actions that can minimize damage and protect lives.
Identify the Skills and Equipment each neighbor has that would be useful in an effective disaster response. Knowing which neighbors have supplies and skills helps your disaster response be timely, and allows everyone to contribute to the response in a meaningful way.
Create a Neighborhood Map identifying the locations of natural gas and propane tanks for quick response if needed.
Create a Contact List that helps identify those with specific needs such as elderly, disabled, or children who may be home alone during certain hours of the day.
Work together as a team to evaluate your neighborhood during the first hour following a disaster and take the necessary actions.
Ready to get started?
The following steps will get you on your way to neighborhood preparedness:
Review the Map Your Neighborhood meeting Guide. A quick review will increase your comfort level with the idea of organizing your neighbors and explain, step-by-step, the program developed by Dr. LuAn Johnson. View it here.
Contact the Bainbridge Island Fire Department to request copies of the MYN booklets, flyers and other materials needed for your neighborhood gathering. If you live in a larger neighborhood, consider limiting the meeting to less than 20 homes.
Host your MYN meeting. The MYN meeting is designed to bring together neighbors to discuss plans for taking care of themselves during a disaster when emergency responders may not be able to help them. During this time, neighbors can share information about resources they can utilze together to care for their neighborhood.
Encourage the other nearby homes/streets to conduct their own MYN meeting after you've had success with your immediate neighbors. A neighborhood's resources can be shared with other neighborhoods to help in the recovery effort.
Do you know about NIXLE? Nixle is a free notification system used by the City of Bainbridge Island and the Fire Department to advise subscribers of road closures and detours due to vehicle collisions or other emergent issues. Sign up today at www.nixle.com and get real time updates on your cell phone, email, or both. It's free!