By: Rachael Van Cleave On: July 18, 2017 In: Latest News Comments: 0

Safe Neighborhoods

The Schools Aid Families in Emergencies (S.A.F.E.) Neighborhood program provides training and information to help you and your neighborhood recover from major disasters.

Schools Aid Families in Emergencies—S.A.F.E. Neighborhoods Mission Statement

S.A.F.E. Neighborhoods trains individuals in each elementary school neighborhood to open, staff, and operate their own neighborhood evacuation hub at the school until outside help arrives after a catastrophic disaster.  S.A.F.E. Neighborhoods:

  • Teaches individuals to create a 96-hour kit, “grab your kit, walk to school” in the event of a catastrophic disaster.
  • Assists and relies upon “neighbors helping neighbors” to assess critical and immediate emergency needs, keep residents informed, and reunify families.
  • Assess neighborhood emergency needs.
  • Establish a predictable reception area for displaced persons.
  • Facilitate household reunification.
  • Coordinate efforts to meet basic human needs.
  • Assist coordination of medical needs, transportation, communication and public information.
  • Coordinate with citizen response plans in partnership with NGOs, school districts, and government entities.

Utilize Red Cross and neighbors to support S.A.F.E. Neighborhoods in the following ways:

  • Incorporate the “whole community” philosophy to educate the public to “grab your kit and walk to school.”
  • Teach individuals and families to create 96-hour kits and a household emergency plan.
  • Orient neighborhood citizens to S.A.F.E. Neighborhoods and recruit community residents to prepare so they can implement S.A.F.E. Neighborhoods components.
  • Encourage advanced training with the American Red Cross or other community organization. Red Cross volunteers will be advised to support their own personal community school during a catastrophic disaster.
  • Facilitate partnerships with local community groups to foster continued coordination and leadership.
  • Provide guidelines for developing a “Just in Time” (JIT) kit in each school equipped with tools for organizing and running a neighborhood evacuation hub .

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