A Hazard Mitigation Plan documents strategies and approaches designed to reduce loss of life and property in the event of a disaster.
Neighborhoods that are prepared for emergencies and disaster situations can save lives, reduce the severity of injuries and trauma, and reduce property damage. In most major disasters, first responders will not be able to get to you immediately. Your neighbors will likely be the first ones around you to be able to offer assistance. You’ll need to coordinate these crucial efforts, BEFORE a disaster strikes. Knowing what to do in the first hours after a disaster may help save lives, reduce injury, and decrease neighborhood damage.
Signal Hill has a neighborhood focused program available called Map Your Neighborhood. The Map Your Neighborhood program guides you and your neighbors through simple steps to help enhance your preparedness for an emergency. These steps will help you to quickly and safely take actions that can minimize damage and protect lives. It is designed to improve disaster readiness at the neighborhood level, 15-20 homes or a defined area that you can canvas in 1 hour. It teaches neighbors to rely on each other during the hours or days before fire, medical, police or utility responders arrive. This program is designed to be delivered to residents by residents.
Interested residents can receive a brief one-on-one training by the Signal Hill Emergency Operations Coordinator. Once that training is completed, you will then contact your neighbors and give a 90-minute program on how to prepare for, respond to, and recover from a disaster. To sign up, contact Emergency Coperations Coordinator Angel Hernandez at 562-989-7239 or via e-mail.
Disasters can change lives in the blink of an eye. Are you prepared? If not, follow this simple schedule developed by the Red Cross to prepare your own survival kit.
In addition to the Red Cross 21 Weeks to prepare list, the Community Services Department offers Emergency Preparedness Kits for sale. Please see the flyer (PDF) or contact the Community Services Department at 562-989-7330 for more information.