“Neighbor helping Neighbor”
The Mt. Washington Jessica Emergency Plan is a work in progress begun in 2014 based on the LA Emergency Management Department’s 5-Step Plan Guidelines and the Montecito Heights example.
The plan is based on the priorities in a disaster: self, family (including pets) and neighbors. Outside help may be 72 hours to 2 weeks away. The plan details :
- Threats and risks in our hilly terrain
- Neighborhood gathering places
- Communications protocols
- Consideration for those who may need special assistance
- Planning for pets
- Neighborhood assets (skills, equipment, supplies)
The plan was begun as a precursor to the Earthquake Drill in October 2014 and is continually evolving. Our current efforts emphasize the block-by-block “Map Your Neighborhood” program which bridges the gap between CERT training and and ordinary household preparedness. Get involved and help shape the plan!