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AUGUST:  Get involved


Week 4

Fire Corp

By Darrell Dorr

August 30, 2017

During this month we’ve reviewed some of your options for “circles of involvement” in helping others in disaster preparations:

circles of involvement

Do you like working with the public and have an interest in promoting public safety? Join Fire Corps in Snohomish County Fire District 1. Fire Corps is open to volunteers in the Fire District 1 service area of unincorporated south Snohomish County and the cities of Brier, Edmonds and Mountlake Terrace.

Fire Corps volunteer opportunities available at Fire District 1 include assisting with:

• Smoke alarm education
• Home safety education and surveys
• Personal preparedness & community readiness education
• CERT activation
• Public events – fairs, parades, booths
• Bicycle helmet inventory and education
• Grant writing
• Child car seat education
• Peer-to-peer senior fall and fire prevention education
• Distribution of prevention messages in the community
• Other programs to fit your skills and interest

LEARN MORE about how to get involved in Fire Corps at Fire District 1.

Week 3

Community Emergency Response Team and other training

By Darrell Dorr

August 23, 2017

Previous blog posts in ReadyTogether may have reminded you that you have some gaps in your practical training: things like first aid, and triage, and search-and-rescue. If you want to take your neighborhood service to the next level, how can you fill some of those gaps?

The good news is that you’ve got lots of great choices. For example, the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army and other organizations train volunteers to work in disasters. Furthermore, Fire District 1 offers CERT classes throughout the year.

CERT stands for Community Emergency Response Teams. CERT is a national program (developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency) and then adapted by state and county authorities to train volunteers in their areas. In major disasters we at Fire District 1 will carefully deploy CERT teams to extend our reach and allow us to strategically deploy our limited resources.

LEARN MORE about Fire District 1's CERT classes.

Week 2

Help your community groups with disaster preparation

By Darrell Dorr

August 14, 2017

Seek to include disaster preparations in whatever groups or communities you’re already part of: service clubs, residential associations, faith communities, whatever. For example, Fire District 1 has programs both for faith communities (like ReadySunday) and for neighborhood groups (like Map Your Neighborhood).

ReadySunday brings disaster preparedness to faith-based congregations in south Snohomish County. People often turn to their faith in times of crisis. ReadySunday provides resources to educate congregations on what they can do to prepare and support each other in a major disaster.

Neighborhoods that are prepared for disasters save lives, reduce the severity of injuries and trauma 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 us bring this program to your community by becoming a Neighborhood Ambassador Volunteer.

To schedule a ReadySunday, or to learn about Map Your Neighborhood and Neighborhood Ambassadors, contact Kristen Thorstenson, 425-551-1240.

Week 1

Circles of involvement

By Darrell Dorr

August 9, 2017

So far in 2017 we’ve focused on helping you and your household to get ready for disasters, but you’re probably aware that many of your neighbors aren’t ready. Once you get your house in order, it’s a wise investment to help your neighbors, partly for their sake, and partly for your own, because in a major disaster we’re going to need to lean on each other for help.

One good place to start is by noticing who in your neighborhood is isolated or otherwise especially vulnerable. This could include elderly neighbors, people with disabilities, people who don’t speak English well, newcomers or people whose long work hours keep them from meeting neighbors. Take time to meet such people, help them make plans, and including checking on them in your plan.

In the subsequent weeks of August we’ll look at other choices in your “circles of involvement.”

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