Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Emergency Preparedness for Citizens
The latest chapter in Baltimore County's ongoing emergency preparedness effort involves teaching citizens how to help each other get through the 72 hours immediately following a disaster.
"Neighbors Helping Neighbors" is a multi-part, all-hazards program that includes interactive lectures and practical instruction. Participants are expected to attend a two-hour session, once a week for five weeks.
Natural Disasters and Technological Hazards
This session focuses on the natural and technological hazards most likely to threaten this area.
- Past disasters in Maryland
- Preparation of a 72-hour emergency kit
- Preparation and maintenance of a family emergency plan
- How to assist people with disabilities during an emergency
- What to do before, during and after a disaster
Fire Safety and Extinguishers
This session focuses on fire prevention and extinguishing strategies.
- Types of fires and how they occur
- Potential fire hazards in the home and workplace
- Evaluation of fires and assessment of firefighting resources
- Operation of different types of extinguishers
- How to decide whether to attempt to extinguish a fire and how to do so safely
Crime Prevention and Awareness
This session focuses on how to identify and protect yourself against potential crime threats.
- Personal safety techniques
- Steps to protect homes against break-ins
- Recognition of suspicious activity and how to report it to 911
- Learn about "Citizens On Patrol" and how to implement this program in your community
- Identification of possible terrorist targets
CPR and First Aid
This session focuses on patient assessment and how to administer first aid.
- Hands-on-only Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
- Treatment of life-threatening conditions
- Treatment of burns, wounds and bleeding
- Treatment with splinting of fractures, sprains and strains
- Treatment of hypothermia and heat-related illness
- Simple triage
Building Resilient Communities
This session covers ways in which communities can prepare, mitigate, and withstand long term incidents.
Experts from local public safety agencies will conduct the training for classes this Fall.
Revised July 10, 2014