Poway Personal Preparedness Plan
When wildfires swept through Poway and surrounding areas in 2007, City and County emergency response teams went into action, but they couldn’t be everywhere. Neighbors helped neighbors with hosing down roofs, evacuating animals, sharing emergency response information and providing transportation assistance.
The Poway Community Association has a vision to create a network of Neighborhood Emergency Coordinators to be a resource for their neighbors before and during an emergency. The goal is for individuals to be prepared to take care of themselves for the first 3-7 days when outside resources are cut off and first responders are fully occupied.
NECs are adult volunteers from throughout the City of Poway, who are trained to provide current information into neighborhoods quickly, assess damage in the neighborhood, and may coordinate initial emergency response efforts. NECs are neighborhood-based individuals who will be trained by the American Red Cross on how to provide appropriate assistance to neighbors without getting hurt themselves. To assure that NECs are not overburdened, they will recruit a team of additional neighbors to act as assistants.
Additionally, the City of Poway has an Emergency Preparedness Plan covering a variety of potential emergency situations. A wealth of information can be found on the City of Poway’s website, with an entire section devoted to emergency preparedness. Resources including a 50-page Emergency Preparedness Workbook, Earthquake Safety Tips and much more. The Fire Prevention and Education section alone includes 12 web pages filled with information and links.
If you want to be involved, more information can be found online. Resources available for download include: Evacuation Checklist, Emergency Preparedness Handbook, Get Involved Prospective Volunteer Sheets, NEC job description.