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The Great Southern California ShakeOut
The Great Southern California ShakeOut

What Neighborhood Councils Can Do

Here are some of the things Neighborhood Councils can do to participate in the ShakeOut, to promote participating in the ShakeOut, and to prepare for big earthquakes.

The more you can do, the more prepared we will all be. But at the least, please register now and Drop, Cover, and Hold On at 10:00 AM on November 13. We're all in this together, and with your help this can be the largest earthquake drill in U.S. history!

Participate in the ShakeOut:

  • Ask all members of your Board and those on your Stakeholder Distribution List to register and be counted in the ShakeOut Drill, get email updates, and more.

    • Ask all Stakeholders to Drop, Cover, and Hold On at 10:00 AM on November 13.
    • Those who can’t practice Drop Cover and Hold On at 10:00 AM can practice anytime that day, or they can think about what they would do wherever they are when an earthquake strikes. They can also practice a drill of what to do immediately after an earthquake.
  • Attend the Get Ready Rally on Friday, November 14.

  • Take one more step the weekend of November 15 and 16: organize a neighborhood preparedness event to help your members to get prepared.

Promote the ShakeOut:

  • Emergency Preparedness is a great way to increase outreach and highlight the work of your Neighborhood Council, such as…
    • Encourage ALL stakeholders in your neighborhood council area – employees, property owners, community group members, faith-based organizations, service clubs, chambers of commerce, customers, and visitors to register to participate in the ShakeOut.

    • Print ShakeOut posters that can be placed in neighborhood businesses or local public spaces that promote your community as one that is prepared. Create a Neighborhood Specific preparedness brochure or poster that can be mailed and/or delivered to stakeholders.

    • Use your regular avenues of outreach to include message of preparedness. This may include regular ads you use to promote your Neighborhood Council; flyers, postcards, newsletter articles, and emails.

    • Put a link to on your Neighborhood Council website to promote your involvement. Create a specific outreach mailer to both promote emergency preparedness as well as your Neighborhood Council.

    • Design an outreach plan that assigns a board member to oversee the outreach and preparedness for specific areas of your neighborhood council.

    • Design and host preparedness events to encourage your client community to join the ShakeOut and prepare for disasters. Create alliances with other organizations to make the event a bigger success.

    Prepare for earthquakes:

    What we do now, before the earthquake, will determine what our lives will be like after.

    • Help individuals and families to get prepared. More information is in the Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety.

    • Create a block captain plan to go door-to-door to educate your neighbors on emergency preparedness.

    • Host a community meeting and invite the Fire Department to demonstrate fire extinguisher use and explain earthquake safety practices.

    • Hold a special meeting of your Neighborhood Council to focus on earthquake and emergency preparedness. This could be at a regular board meeting or at a special forum.

    • Invite speakers to your meetings for the next few months that focus on emergency preparedness and promote these special presentations to your stakeholders.

    • Fund a preparedness booth with giveaways at pre-existing events in your community.

    • Form a Disaster Preparedness Committee to form long-term strategies, but let the board make decisions now to be a part of the Great Southern California ShakeOut. (Don’t let bureaucracy prevent your Neighborhood Council from being a leader in the preparedness of your community.)
    • Host a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training.

    • Reach out to non-English speaking Stakeholders with written information in their language.

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