Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Here is YOUR opportunity to volunteer during Inauguration!
The Red Cross of the National Capital Region has been asked to perform a number of essential roles during Inauguration Week (1/15/09 through 1/22/09), including sheltering local victims of daily disasters (e.g. fire victims) while there are no hotel rooms within 200 miles, sheltering and feeding emergency services personnel coming in from across the country and being on standby to shelter thousands of people should there be an unexpected event that interrupts the festivities.
If you would like to be trained to volunteer for inauguration in Mass Care and Shelter Operations, please let us know!
Very much looking forward to your reply and to your support.
Elliot Harkavy, NGO Partner Services Lead
American Red Cross of the National Capital Region
Andrew Levy, NGO Partner Services Deputy
American Red Cross of the National Capital Region
"In recent years, the American people have been urged to “get ready” and to prepare for emergencies – from natural disasters to terrorist attacks. But no one has ever given the public a simple, comprehensive and consistent tool to actually measure how prepared they are. No one has ever provided individuals, communities, and the nation as a whole with a practical “gauge” to assess their preparedness, recognize their successes and identify gaps where more work needs to be done." Source: WhatsYourRQ.orq
Thanks to The Council for Excellence in Government and partners like the Citizen Corps Council, Ready.gov, and American Red Cross, you can learn your "RQ"
Find out what's your readiness quotient at http://www.whatsyourrq.org/
Sunday, December 28, 2008
"As the New Year approaches, the Department of Homeland Security’s Ready Campaign is once again reminding people that Now’s the Time. Resolve to be Ready in 2009."
At the time of this posting, it was not easy to find additional details of this campaign on Ready.gov. The direct link can be found at http://www.ready.gov/america/about/resolve2009.html
Take a few minutes and check it out. And resolve to be ready!
Friday, December 26, 2008
A few weeks ago, we featured a video of a police vehicle hit by another vehicle. The following is from a local police press release.
When you see an emergency vehicle on the side of the road, please take extreme caution.
"A Fairfax County Police Officer was hit by a car on Wednesday, December 10 at 7 p.m. The 31-year-old officer had stopped a vehicle on the Fairfax County Parkway near Interstate 66. The six-year veteran was issuing a traffic summons when a 2004 Lexus L43 came from behind and struck the officer. The officer was able to walk back to his vehicle and call for assistance. The driver of the striking vehicle pulled forward and to the side of the road immediately following the incident. The officer was transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital, treated for non life-threatening injuries and released.
The driver was released on a summons with violating Virginia code section 46.2-921.1 Drivers to yield right-of-way or reduce speed when approaching stationary emergency vehicles on highways. This offense is a class 1 misdemeanor.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-
411-TIPS/8477, e-mail at www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES/274637 or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131."
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
BOSTON - As New England works to recover from the powerful ice storm that left millions without power, neighbors are coming together to help each other and all levels of government along with the private sector are working together to restore a sense of normalcy. Unfortunately there is also a small group out there seeking to take advantage of those affected by the storm.
There have been reports of scammers posing as officials from utilities or as government officials. These scammers ask for a payment in order to get power restored or speed along the delivery of assistance. Legitimate officials will never request such payments.
There are several steps that individuals can take to avoid being victimized by such scam artists:
Request identification from anyone that visits your home. Actual officials will be able to provide their name and identification.
Do not provide credit card or banking information to anyone who comes to your home unannounced.
If you have a concern about a person claiming to be a contractor, contact your state Attorney General's office.
If state or federal disaster assistance is made available to individuals in the areas affected by the ice storm, that announcement will be heavily publicized by state and local officials and the news media. There will also be full explanation of the process to apply for assistance and what types of aid will be available.
FEMA coordinates the federal government's role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.
Monday, December 15, 2008
For additional information, view the complete News8 Story.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
So, where will you be for the Presidential Inauguration? Many readers of Neighbors Helping Neighbors will be volunteering with the American Red Cross.
For additional details, view the complete WUSA9 story.
If you are interested in volunteering with an American Red Cross Disaster Action Team (DAT), the next DAT Training begins January 8 at Chapter Headquarters. For additional information or to register for the DAT Camp, visit: http://www.redcrossnca.org/Online/class_registration.php?action=list&classname=DAT+Camp
We also said to have some fun with the local PSAs.
While you are getting ready for winter storms, are you making sure that the entire community can hear? your message.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
During the roundtable were discussions on Incident Command System (ICS) training and Exercise Evaluation used in Davao City.
The following links include videos, pictures, and stories from the work in the Philippines.
Preparing For The Worst Case Scenario - Island Garden City of Samal - Deep Water Search and Rescue Exercise
Making Due With No Supplies
Earthquake Shakes Mindanao Region
Explosion in Downtown Davao Makes International News
Responding to Emergencies in the Philippines
Corporate Service Corps Evaluated The Following School Highrise Fire Emergency Exercise in Davao City
Flash Back in Pictures!
Thank You For Making A Difference
Final Training Class Or The Beginning
Reality - Like No TV You Have Ever Watched
Spending Part of the Night in Jail
Festival VIP Treatment and Protection
Thanksgiving - Connecting With The Tribes
Enabliing Those To Enable Others
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at NeighborsHelpingNeighbors@live.com
Monday, December 8, 2008
Even if tough economic times, these are items every household, vehicle, and office should have.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
First, check out the Red Cross to see when the next Psychological First Aid course is offered.
Another option is the following CERT Disaster Psychology online video.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
"... Unfortunately, my office has received numerous complaints from volunteer doctors that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) did not return their phone calls, did not have information on how they could volunteer, or simply referred them to local authorities who were not able to help them. Doctors who attempted to volunteer their services on the HHS website encountered significant difficulties as well. Such a lack of information and responsiveness is shocking during a time of emergency. Given the urgent need to get medical personnel to affected areas as soon as possible, I am writing to request that you direct DHS, FEMA, HHS, and all other relevant agencies to work with the Red Cross and hospitals in affected areas to eliminate any bureaucratic obstacles preventing much-needed services from getting to hurricane victims. This includes providing more detailed information to the medical profession about how they can volunteer their services, better coordination of volunteer doctors and nurses with the Red Cross and local hospitals, and waivers of liability for volunteer medical professionals. The health of too many people remains at risk, and bureaucratic red tape and run-arounds should not prevent these people from getting the help they need. Sincerely, Barack Obama United States Senator "
While programs such as the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) have been created, more progress needs to be made.
For example, when an MRC chapter plans to offer Psychological First Aid to MRC volunteers, does it not make sense to use a course that is widely available through a partner agency, such as the Red Cross? If there are elements that are specific to MRC, then add a brief supplement to the Red Cross course, not start from scratch. If something is developed, it needs to be easily made available to other MRC chapters.
In the past few years, we have seen many volunteers who have become very active in multiple organizations. From Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Volunteer Centers, Neighborhood Watch, Red Cross, Amateur Radio, etc. While the programs have all come to the table through Citizen Corps Council meetings, there has been less focus on the volunteers. Now, more than ever, there is a need to leverage those volunteers who are cross trained. These volunteers can form specialized "action" teams who can help coordinate volunteer efforts between multiple volunteer organizations.
There also needs to be greater focus on having all the volunteer organizations come together through a full scale exercise. During a disaster or major emergency is not the time to have all these trained volunteers work together for the first time. The exercises need to include government agencies, so the volunteers know where they fit, who they will be working with, and also the limitations.
This is not directed to any specific chapter of the MRC, Red Cross, or other Citizen Corps organization. It is directed towards change.
Take a few moments to look back in time.
The following Ad Council video is from 1973.
Many of these programs, like Peace Corps, Vista, and others continue today.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
If you are not sure if your televisions will work after the conversion, this week is the test.
Check with your local stations to find out the exact date and times of the test. During this time (anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes), those stations will not be broadcasting in analog.
As a reminder the transition takes place in February 2009, just a few months away.