The Lake County Neighborhood Preparedness Program was established to help communities build confidence by empowering them to react calmly, safely and efficiently in the aftermath of a disaster before emergency response providers arrive to assist. On the one-year anniversary of the February 2007 Groundhog Day Tornadoes, Welton Cadwell, the Chairman of the Lake County Board of County Commissioners, officially recognized the program as a way for residents to better prepare for and handle disaster situations.
The program guides residents through nine simple steps for carrying out a disciplined community response. During times of disaster, and before the arrival of first responders, participants work together to ensure all neighbors are accounted for, and help is afforded to those with special needs or require minor first-aid attention.
Two key elements of the program to be completed by the neighborhood group include (1) mapping the neighborhood and (2) making a contact list. This information can be submitted to Lake County Public Safety’s Emergency Management Division for review and upon successful completion, the community will be designated as “Disaster-Ready.”
For more information on the Lake County Neighborhood Preparedness Program, please contact the Office of Emergency Management at 352-343-9420.
Neighborhood Preparedness Program