Community Council Seeks Emergency Block Captains

Last night’s meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council included a presentation from the Emergency Planning Committee about how our neighborhood should respond in the event of a catastrophic disaster that shuts down the normal means of communication and travel. To that end, a map has been created with each block in Victory Heights broken down into “zones” with the hopes of finding a Captain for each zone who would first liaise with residents in their zone in coming months, distribute city brochures on emergency preparedness, and in the event of an actual emergency, contact their neighbors, and be responsible for relaying information to a central location.
Read the full minutes of the May Meeting.
The city and emergency planning experts advise that every household should be prepared to be self-sufficient for up to three weeks before outside aid, food, electricity or water might be restored in case of a disaster. The purpose of the Planning Committee is to make residents aware of what they should do beforehand, as well as letting them know what plans for the community have been put in place. If you would like to volunteer as a Captain for your block, please let us know. The Committee will train Captains for doing outreach as well as supply all the brochures and information they will need. We all hope of course that such a disaster never occurs but we want to be ready if it ever does.
Other items discussed at last night’s meeting included the Spring Clean scheduled for Saturday, the recent break-ins in the area and how to let the police know about suspicious activity (we are their eyes and ears, call 911 if you see something that looks wrong), building a Little Free Library near the park so folks can exchange books, and organizing the picnic/Night Out in late July or early August for the entire neighborhood.
The next meeting will be Tuesday, June 18th, at a location to be determined (the Pre-School doesn’t have use of the building in the park during the summer months).

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One Response to Community Council Seeks Emergency Block Captains

  1. Drenik says:

    I went from 5th grade all the way to graduation liivng in Virginia. We’ve had our share of emergencies: hurricanes, blizzards, etc. During those times, especially the blizzard of 2000 (missed a week of school) and Hurricane Isabel (missed a week of school, half the county still out of power for a month even though they got the schools running quickly). During these times, most of the county went out of power. During Hurricane Isabel, my family was out of power for 3 days and we were out of school 4 days. The electric companies rushed to fix the schools’ powers so that student could go back to school, yet, many of my friends still did not have power at home, so all computer based assignments (the very few there were in 8th grade) were canceled or postponed. So, I for one, don’t think it’s necessary all teachers learn this because in some cases, such as having no power, it would be useless. You can’t teach a class online if no one has any power. I understand with the H1N1 scare and all the Bird Flu scares in the East, that teaching on line would be preferable, but on the east coast of the US, it has no purpose.

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