Map Your Neighborhood 2019

City Workshop Helps Neighborhoods Be Prepared for Emergencies
Posted on 02/06/2019
Emergencies don’t often provide enough time to create and implement an action plan. A free Map Your Neighborhood event at City Hall in Mill Creek on Feb. 19 to will help people develop individual and neighborhood plans to be prepared for emergencies both large and small.

“The past few snow storms are examples of when this type of information may be helpful,” said Mill Creek Police Deputy Chief Scott Eastman. “This workshop is great for neighbors to attend together to put a neighborhood emergency management program in place, or it’s great for individuals who want to help others in a larger-scale emergency.”

The 90-minute Map Your Neighborhood workshop covers the first nine steps to take immediately following a disaster and teaches people how to work with their neighbors to identify safety hazards, including gas explosions, potential fires, water main shutoffs and other safety concerns. Neighborhoods that are prepared for emergencies and disaster situations can save lives, reduce the severity of injuries and trauma, and reduce property damage.

Mill Creek Police Chaplain Nick Lewis, who leads the course and teaches the curriculum, hopes that participants take the information they have learned back to their neighbors and prepare themselves for any emergency, big and small. “The snow storm we had is a great example of when a neighborhood can come together, share resources and improve the accessibility of their area,” said Lewis. “Knowing where rock salt and snow shovels are located, or even identifying neighbors who have the ability to travel in snow are all examples of ways prepare for snow events.”

The first workshop is scheduled on Feb. 19 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Mill Creek City Hall South, Council Chambers, 15728 Main St. in Mill Creek. Other workshops are scheduled for May 21, Aug. 20 and Nov. 27. Interested parties should register in advance at www.cityofmillcreek.com/mapyourneighborhood.