Neighbors Helping Neighbors:
Emergency Preparedness for Citizens
The latest chapter in Baltimore County's ongoing emergency preparedness effort involves teaching citizens how to help themselves and their neighbors during and immediately after a disaster.
The county invites residents to participate in the "Neighbors Helping Neighbors," an all-hazards program designed to teach people the skills required to get through the first, critical 72 hours following an emergency.
"Neighbors Helping Neighbors" is a multi-part program. Participants may attend all or some of the sections -- though they must participate in at least three classes in order to become certified in CPR and first aid.
The topics covered include:
- Natural Disasters and Technological Hazards
Covers past disasters in Maryland; how to prepare and maintain a family emergency plan and a 72-hour emergency kit; how to assist people with disabilities during an emergency; natural and technological hazards most likely to threaten this area; what to do before, during and after a disaster.
- Fire Safety and Extinguishers
Covers types of fires and how they occur; how to evaluate fires and assess firefighting resources; how to operate different types of extinguishers; how to decide whether to attempt to extinguish a fire and how to do so safely; potential fire hazards in the home and workplace; fire prevention strategies.
- Crime Prevention and Awareness
Covers how to recognize suspicious activity and how to report it to 911; personal safety techniques; steps to protect homes against break-ins; "Citizens On Patrol" and how to implement this program in your community; identification of possible terrorist targets.
- CPR/First Aid
Students completing this section will become certified in American Heart Association Heart Saver CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and first aid. This section covers how to treat life-threatening conditions such as airway obstruction and excessive breathing; patient assessment; treatment of burns, wounds and bleeding; treatment with splinting of fractures, sprains and strains; treatment of hypothermia and heat-related illness; simple triage.
- Volunteer Opportunities and Volunteer Mobilization
This section deals with how to mobilize volunteers during a disaster and explores opportunities for citizens to volunteer with various public and private organizations.
Experts from local public safety agencies will conduct the training.
Revised October 31, 2011