SOS Blog

Friday, September 25, 2015

How You Can Help Your Neighbors in an Emergency

When an earthquake hits, when a wildfire starts or when tornadoes come whirling through your neighborhood, some people will be ready. Others will not. No matter where you live, there is potential for natural disasters or man-made emergencies to strike. While first responders are always on the scene as quickly as possible, often they won’t be able to reach everyone affected in a timely manner. When it comes to planning your family’s emergency routine, it’s beneficial to include your neighbors and make a plan to help each other if and when the time comes.

Neighborhood Emergency Preparedness Tips

When neighbors help neighbors and communities come together, we can save more lives than ever before. The first step in learning how to help the community during an emergency is to get out there and meet your neighbors and others in the community. Find out if there’s already a neighborhood plan in place. If not, you should set a date for a first meeting to get everyone in your community together to establish a neighborhood plan.

It can be difficult to establish one emergency plan for an entire neighborhood. If you’re having trouble getting people together, you can meet with your block and form a plan with fewer people, or even make a plan for just your family and direct neighbors. When it comes to emergency planning, however, remember that the more people you meet and can rely on, the more help you’ll have during an emergency.

At your first meeting you should compile a neighborhood list with everyone’s contact information. It’s also important to discuss and note special skills (for instance, do you have any doctors in the area?), discover who will need the most help (children, elderly, disabled and even pets), and decide who will check on the special needs neighbors first.

Your community plan should include multiple evacuation routes and nearby meet up spots. In case you can’t evacuate, you should also discuss steps you can each take while waiting for help to arrive. Sharing shelter, transportation, emergency food and power generators can help save families money and ensure everyone has some place to go and something to eat. However, each and every home should have their own emergency kit with basic first aid supplies. It’s also important to keep solar or battery powered radios on hand so you can monitor the surrounding situation. When the power goes out or cell service goes down, two-way radios are perfect for neighborhood communication.

When everyone has agreed to an emergency plan – it’s ok if it takes several meetings – it can be a good idea to conduct a neighborhood drill and hold another meeting afterward where you discuss what worked and what didn’t. You can incentivize people to participate by turning it into a fun, social event with food and drinks.

Not only is creating an emergency neighborhood plan beneficial to the entire community, but it’s also a great way to get out and get to know your neighbors. Do you have an emergency neighborhood plan in place? Let us know your best neighborhood emergency preparedness tips in the comments below!


  1. شركة تنظيف الامارات

    شركة تنظيف دبي شركة نظافة بدبي
    شركة تنظيف كنب دبي بالبخار تنظيف كنب دبي بالبخار
    شركة غسيل سجاد بدبي غسيل سجاد دبي
    شركة تنظيف في ابوظبي شركات تنظيف ابوظبي
    شركة تنظيف منازل فى العين شركة تنظيف منازل العين
    شركات تنظيف كنب في ابوظبي شركات تنظيف كنب ابوظبي

  2. Online logistics management writing services are very difficult to complete and many students are always searching for Logistics Writing Services Online to help them complete their logistics coursework writing services and logistic research paper services.

  3. Architectural science coursework writing help services have become very popular for students studying architectural science assignment writing services as they engage the best online Architectural Science Writing Services.

  4. The next time I read a blog, I hope that it doesn't disappoint me as much as this one. I mean, I know it was my choice to read, but I actually thought you have something interesting to say. All I hear is a bunch of whining about something that you could fix if you weren't too busy looking for attention.

  5. Hello really awesome web site!! Guy .. Beautiful .. Wonderful .. I’ll bookmark your site and consider the feeds moreover. I am pleased to search out beneficial details appropriate here inside of the published material, thanks for sharing…

  6. I can’t imagine focusing long enough to research; much less write this kind of article. You’ve outdone yourself with this material. This is great content.

  7. Hi, I think that I saw you visited my web site so I came to “return the favor". I am trying to find things to enhance my web site! I suppose its ok to use some of your ideas!!