Learn how to help your neighborhood prepare for disaster at Edmonds workshop


Fire-District-1-logoLearn how to help your neighborhood prepare for a disaster by attending a free Neighborhood Ambassador workshop offered by Snohomish County Fire District 1 during November.

Preparing neighborhoods can save lives and reduce property damage. Map Your Neighborhood teaches neighbors to rely on each other during the hours or days before fire, medical, police or utility responders arrive.

You can help bring this program to southwest Snohomish County by becoming a Neighborhood Ambassador Volunteer. Sign up for a free 90-minute workshop to learn how the program works, then Fire District 1 will work with you to host a Map Your Neighborhood meeting for your neighbors.

An Edmonds workshop is being offered Nov. 2, 6-7:30 p.m., Fire Station 17, 275 Sixth Ave. N., Edmonds WA 98020. Register at http://bit.ly/MYNEdmondsNov.

Workshop participants will:
· Learn the first nine steps to take immediately following a disaster to secure your home and protect your neighborhood.
· Create a neighborhood map identifying the locations of natural gas and propane tanks for quick response if needed.
· Create a neighborhood contact list that identifies those with specific needs such as the elderly, those with a disability, or homes where children may be alone during certain hours of the day.
· Learn to work together as a team to evaluate your neighborhood after a disaster and take the necessary actions.