So why should Neighbors work together on disaster preparedness? Let's take a moment and consider some of the compelling reasons. First, according to the Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management, 70% of rescues during disasters are made by neighbors...not first responders! A very cursory study indicated the ratio of citizens to first responders is roughly 1,000 to 1. Not good odds in a disaster. The task is simply to large for well meaning responders to support. Secondly, you are a single-point failure. No matter how prepared you are, if you are injured, you are done without your neighbor's assistance. You may not be home and need your neighbors to tend to your children, pets, or turn off damaged utilities. Third, every person that prepares save not only his family, but allows first responders to save another family. The number of people saved grows exponentially as more neighbors prepare. Fourth, it is difficult to stand by and watch your fellow neighbors suffer. Don't put your self in a position to experience such a tragic occurrence. Fifth, it is just a fact that large groups are more able to provide for their security than individuals.
What is Neighbors Helping Neighbors? Fundamentally, it is an opportunity to make your neighborhood more resilient to disasters. By doing so you also strengthen your own survival chain. The program is broken down into some very easy steps that are readily achievable (See monthly preparedness links below). It all starts with an informal meeting with your neighbors. Below are some suggested steps to this first neighborhood meeting.