Monday, May 1, 2017

Wednesday Earthquake Preparadness Event At Laurelhurst Community Center

Neighbor John Temple, has been working with the Laurelhurst Communitiy Club on earthquake preparedness and has started LEAP - Laurelhurst Earthquake Action Preparedness.

He is holding a special meeting on Wednesday at 7pm at the Community Center.

John told the Laurelhurst Blog the meeting is an opportunity to find out how neighbors can help themselves and each other to get the neighborhood ready. He hopes to set up a radio hub to communicate with City Services and other neighbors.

John said he is also happy to help with setting up an organized block system or improving one already in place. 

He added:

At the August city-wide block parties, those neighbors involved in coordinating could be a great help getting our Laurelhurst neighborhood safer. It doesn't take that much time. Especially once it is set up.   

Working together can be fun, getting to know your neighbors better and all. Where to evacuate to if necessary could be important, too.  Neighbors help neighbors.  Once Laurelhurst is organized it will have less effort to maintain.

The information John sent out says:

If the big one comes, we are in trouble. We are not yet organized to be able to take the best care of individual households with their children, disabled people, older adults, pets and more. This can be done.  
It takes more than just having water, food and meds for yourself. We need people at the least to join their individual block groups and better set up within their own households so they are not a drag on the ones who are completely prepared and know their block captain.  

I have taken on the task to help all of us get organized. If you get contacted by a neighbor to join a group of about 20 blocks, work with them. If you don't have the time or inkling to participate further just get true info and give info so you can be helped.  
Simple things like giving people that are volunteering your info. Things like what are your pet's names, do you have older or disabled people in your house, phones to call you, as a participant that registers you will get a sign to post that you need HELP or are OKAY in your house.  
Volunteers will be coming by to check for registered people with a yellow sign and help if you need it, knowing who is in your house is paramount if your house happens to be one of the one that collapses. People who are registered and doing minimal efforts to organize within their block will be most quickly helped because of known circumstances within.  
Remember there could be no water, no sewer, no electricity, no police or fire services, no cellphone, no internet, and many more issues.   
Learn how to prepare, how to be safe, how to use the Help/OK sign, and know the top three response priorities after any disaster.

Support your neighborhood response team, LEAP. Sign up to be a block captain and/or provide vital information to allow LEAP to better support you and family and pets.  

For more information, to find out about your block watch and RSVP for the event, email

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