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How Prepared is Your Neighborhood / Apartment?

  • Talk to your neighbors about how you can work together during an emergency. Take this Neighborhood Readiness quiz.
  • Find out if anyone has specialized equipment like a power generator or expertise such as medical knowledge that might help in a crisis.
  • Decide who will check on elderly or disabled neighbors.
  • Make backup plans for children in case you can't get home in an emergency.
  • Sharing plans and communicating in advance is a good strategy.
  • Organize neighborhood training.
  • Volunteer to assist in your community's emergency preparedness and response planning.

What to do in a High-Rise Building?

  • Note where the closest emergency exit is.
  • Be sure you know another way out in case your first choice is blocked.
  • Take cover against a desk or table if things are falling.
  • Move away from file cabinets, bookshelves or other things that might fall.
  • Face away from windows and glass.
  • Move away from exterior walls.
  • Listen for instructions about whether you should stay put (“shelter-in-place") or leave. Instructions will be sent over NOAA All Hazard Radio and local Media
  • Listen for and follow instructions.
  • Take your emergency supply kit, unless there is reason to believe it has been contaminated.
  • Do not use elevators.
  • Stay to the right while going down stairwells to allow emergency workers to come up.
  • More tips 

Community Emergency Preparedness classes are easy to schedule

Greensboro Fire Department

Classes may be scheduled Monday through Saturday, for groups of 25 adults or more. Classes are 90 minutes in length. Firefighters will teach an informative and interesting program outlining how to make a plan, prepare a kit, and other steps your family can take to prepare for emergency situations. Contact the Greensboro Fire Department Community Services Liaison Leslie Lippa at 574-4088.

Greensboro Police Department

Classes may be scheduled Monday through Friday for groups of 25 adults or more. Classes average 45 minutes to one hour in length. Police officers will teach an informative and interesting program outlining how to make a plan, prepare a kit, and other steps your family can take to prepare for emergencies. Contact Community Affairs Director Anne Gregory at 373-2636.

Guilford County Emergency Management

The Guilford County Office of Emergency Management provides family and community emergency preparedness presentations to civic and community groups, as well as other public service agencies within Guilford County. There is no charge for these presentations and they can be tailored to your specific needs and times. Contact Eric Griffin at 641-6569.

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Last updated: 6/1/2011 11:56:45 PM