Tentative date for the return of the annual event. The Triangle was created by and is maintained by neighbors in this area. Please come out to trim some dead branches (no weeds this time of year) and dig some trenches in case we get rain this year. (You can always cross your fingers about the latter.) Bring gloves and any tools you prefer. Working with neighbors is a great preparedness activity.
Practice using FRS radios to communicate with others in our blocks and with other blocks
Practice problem solving to address incidents caused by a major earthquake
Attend a Debrief at the end of the drill to compare notes, discover correct answers, meet neighbors and eat pizza
We will also be practicing using our FRS radios (walkie-talkies). Our initial check-ins from our homes will be similar to what we’ve been practicing in our Sunday evening radio practices. As we walk our blocks we will use one channel to communicate between the walking team and the team at the Gathering Site. A separate channel will be reserved to communicate with the staging manager for the whole neighborhood.
Our response is to Drop Cover and Hold on and to practice what we’ve learned in our Map Your Neighborhood program. We will not be coordinating with CERT this time. We will follow our 9 Steps and go to our gathering sites to form teams. The teams will assess the blocks by looking for special yellow Drill Incident Cards. We will not be seeing bloodied bodies or hauling people in stretchers. This will be more of a “Thought Exercise” focusing on decision making utilizing the resources we know we have in our blocks (found in our Contact Lists and Skills and Equipment Inventories)
This is a covid compliant event and masks are requested even if you’re fully vaccinated.
Wanna get out of the house? Well, here a fun and helpful opportunity in your neighborhood this weekend.
With all the rain this past winter, the JESSICA TRIANGLE needs to be weeded. It’s the landmark at the intersection of Jessica Drive and Cleland Avenue. Beginning in the late 90′s, local residents helped transform the triangle from a litter-strewn patch of asphalt to a beautifully landscaped drought-tolerant pocket park, and neighbors have been maintaining it ever since.
We can’t really have a work day, where people from around the neighborhood gather and work all at the same time. But we can have VIRTUAL WORK DAY, where each family selects a 2-hour time slot during which they will come an work.
Of course, you aren’t expected to work the whole 2 hours! However, when you reserve that block of time, you are asking that no one else go to the Triangle so you and the people who live with you can work safely without having to worry about social distancing in the Triangle area. 30 minutes. 60 minutes. 90 minutes. 120 minutes. Whatever suits your schedule, your family size, and your abilities.
Bring your own tools, and maybe a garbage bag (or your own green bin if you are close by) dig up the weeds, and then send a picture of your team to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can post it. Just focus on weeding. We’ll take care of any pruning. If you’re not sure if its a weed or a good plant, leave it alone.
There are sawhorse signs that ask people to not walk through the Triangle while you are working. Please post them at each end of the path, and replace them under the tree when you’re done.
Can’t donate some time? How about donating money to the MWJN Beautification Fund? Donate here [http://mtwashingtonjessica.org/support-us/donate>] and please note “beautification – Triangle” to make sure your donation goes to the right place.
Did your walkie -talkie work as planned during the drill? Are you overwhelmed by technology and need a little hand-holding to get started? Can you turn it on but don’t know what to say or when to say it? Do you understand everything there is to know about using radios but wish your neighbors had better training?
COME TO A SPECIAL RADIO WORKSHOP
Wednesday, Oct 16 from 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Coptic Church – 4900 Cleland Ave. 90042
(downstairs – walk down the driveway on the left side of the church as you’re facing it and enter through the doorway on your right)
Bring your radios (whether you purchased them yourself or received a set for your block)
We will go over:
Turning radios on and off
Charging, battery care and maintenance
Effective protocols (what to say)
Our Mt. Washington Jessica radio plan
Challenges of our hilly neighborhood
What is a repeater and what you need to know about it
What worked and didn’t with radios during our last drill