Disasters are major events that can strike anywhere and at any time. In a disaster, traditional 9-1-1 and First Responder capabilities such as fire, police, medics, and utility personnel will be overwhelmed and unable to immediately assist individuals. Neighbors will likely be the first ones to offer you assistance.
Neighbors who work together as a team to prepare for disasters save lives, reduce the severity of injuries and trauma, and reduce property damage. In addition, working together as a team and contributing as an individual develops stronger communities and improves the quality of life in the community.
One of our neighborhood goals is to help individuals and families in our neighborhood to get prepared for a disaster and to create and practice a neighborhood earthquake plan. We encourage everybody to have a basic disaster supplies kit in their home and to know what to do during and after an earthquake.
South Eugene has a neighborhood network of Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) trained individuals that have prepared for an emergency response. They help to facilitate the local Map Your Neighborhood program. The program teaches people what to do after an earthquake and how to organize their immediate neighbors (typically no more than 15 households). CERTs help to conduct training and outreach and meet to sharpen their skills.
Please use the form below to contact us for more information or to request help mapping your neighborhood. Thank you for your interest in emergency preparedness.
For more information about the CERT program, visit http://www.eugene-or.gov/index.aspx?NID=382.