Meet Your Neighbor-MYN-MYN is Napa Valley COAD'sCommunity Preparedness Initiative:Neighbors Preparing TogetherMeet Your Neighbor (MYN) is a unique program that brings neighbors together to plan foremergencies. More information on how to get involved below:MYN Introductory Class - Classes are offered every other month to provide anoverview of the MYN program and how to get started connecting with your neighbors.Leader Council meetings - These meetings are offered every month on the thirdThursday to provide neighborhood leaders with a forum for sharing challenges andsuccesses. The attendees decide on the topics that meet their needs.Meeting your neighbor is the first stepto preparing togetherMYN is a guide to prepare for allemergenciesYour neighborhood decides whatworks for YOUInformation & resources to make yourneighborhood more self-reliantMonthly Leader Council meetings forongoing support- MYN Highlights -This MYN booklet providesinformation on:Preparedness planning steps and resourcesPreparing together in your neighborhood -sharing skills and resourcesSteps to follow immediately after anemergencyFAQs on getting MYN started in yourneighborhoodPreparedness tips & resources tokeep you and loved ones safe
- GET EMERGENCY ALERTS AND COMMUNICATIONS -Nixle -Text your ZIPCODE to 888-777Radio -KVON: 1440 AM *ESPKBBF: 89.1 AM *ESP/ENGKVYN: 99.3 FM *ENGCalistoga : 1670 AMZonehaven -An online map with realtime evacuation info:community.zonehaven.com@NapaCounty @NapaValleyCOAD @CountyofNapa@NapaSheriff@NapaCountyFire @CAL_FIRE- Power Shutoffs -The power may shut off in an emergency, so it'simportant to have a plan in place in case you lose power.Stay informed with PG&E to better prepare.Get a phone call or SMS text from PG&E for PublicSafety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) for your address: pge.com/addressalerts or Call: 800-743-5002In the event of other power outages, visit:pgealerts.alerts.pge.com/outagecenter/ or Call: 1-877-660-6789 for more infoHave you checked Zonehaven for your evacuation zone? Do you have anevacuation plan?Are you signed up for official Nixle Alerts?Do you have a Go Bag and/or Stay Box with critical supplies & copies ofimportant documents?Questions for preparedness planning:
Preparedness Planning- Make a Plan -Make a CONTACT LIST withessential phone numbers andcontacts !GET ALERTS so you can stayinformed and know what to doHave an EVACUATION PLAN soyou know what to do and where to goPack a GO BAG with essential items,including critical documents. Havea GRAB LIST of items you can'tpack ahead of timeSTAY BOXBuild a STAY BOX for when youcan't leave your homeGET READY!Make a plan with your family! Below are the key components for all hazardplanning. More details for planning are included under the "PreparednessResources" tab. Talk with your neighbors about plans you and they may alreadyhave in place. Working together neighbors can become more self-reliant andresilient. You can find more information on planning together in the "Skills &Equipment" and "Steps & FAQ" tabs. Reach out to NEIGHBORS andfriends to plan together!napavalleycoad.org/preparedness-calendar
Do you have a back up communication plan in case phoneservice isn't available? What is your family reunification plan?Do you or anyone in your family have a specialcircumstance that may require additional preparations?Where do I receive my evacuation tags? At your local Police Dept. or Sheriff's officePractice safety drillsPREPARING FOR FIRE EVACUATIONS:Pack a GO BAGKnow what a Hi-Losiren sounds likeRed Flag Warning -practice your planUse Zonehavento check yourevacuation zoneHave your carready with gasCharge yourelectronicsFollow instructions givenby first respondersStay updated with Nixle andother official sources to knowwhere your Evacuation Centeris locatedSTAY BOXPrepare a Stay Boxand a Go BagConsider floodinsurance if you livein flood prone areaUse sand bags tostop water fromentering your homeAvoid fallen powerlines - Call 911Do NOT drive inflooded areasIf trapped in a flood-stay inside your caror get on the roofBe aware of potentialdebris flowNo swimming orplaying in flood waterWear protectiveclothing whencleaning up debrisSecure hangingitems in your homeSTAY BOXPrepare a STAY BOXwith 3 days of suppliesCheck your insuranceto see what is coveredEvacuate if your building isunsafe. Never go inside anunsafe building! Beware offalling debrisPull over if you'redrivingCall 911 if there is amedical emergencyPrepare for aftershocksPrepare your home -unplug appliances &place evacuation tagsin a visible locationMake noise if you arestuck under rubbleEvacuation and Shelter in Placefor All EmergenciesFLOOD EVACUATIONS & SHELTER IN PLACE:EARTHQUAKE SHELTER IN PLACE:Stay Informed with NIXLE - Text your ZIP CODE to 888-777Questions for preparedness planning:
Phones andchargersWater and foodthat won't spoilRadios and laptopsto stay informedImportantdocuments, ID's,and medication listCash - especiallysmall billsSpare change ofclothes and shoesHygiene and sanitarysupplies (includingfeminine products)First-Aid Kit,medication, and masksPet supplies andcarriersMaps and yourcontact listPersonal and comfort items- Go Bag/Stay Box items -*items from your Stay Box may also be used for your Go BagFlashlights, lanterns& a whistlePregnant Women -Avoid toxic air andunsafe food and waterParents of infants -Formula, extra water,diapers, and a carrierOlder Adults -Carry family/caregiverinformation in your walletDevelopmental Disability -Identify trusted allies to relyon during disastersCommunication Disability -Plan how you willcommunicate with othersMobility Disability -Evacuate early if you needextra time to get outLimited English -Find trusted and officialsources for bilingualinformation Arrange emergencytransportation in advancePeople with Pets -Food, water, medicine &proof of immunizationPut a note in your go bag withinfo about your condition(s) sofirst responders or medical staffmay assist you- Special Circumstances -Preparedness ResourcesWhen creating an emergency plan and/or preparing a Go Bag/Stay Box, it isimportant to consider your special circumstances. There is no one size fits allemergency plan, but having hard and/or digital copies of your critical documents- including medical information - is vitally important to everyone. Here are someexamples of items you may include in your Go Bag/Stay Box. Check out the COADPreparedness Calendar and readynapacounty.org for more information andresources:napavalleycoad.org/preparedness-calendar
Neighborhood Contact List House/Unit 1 House/Unit 2 House/Unit 3House/Unit 4 House/Unit 5 House/Unit 6House/Unit 7 House/Unit 8 House/Unit 9House/Unit 10 House/Unit 11 House/Unit 12House/Unit 13 House/Unit 14 House/Unit 15Name(s):Address:Phone:Email:Pets:Special Needs:Name(s):Address:Phone:Email:Pets:Special Needs:Name(s):Address:Phone:Email:Pets:Special Needs:Name(s):Address:Phone:Email:Pets:Special Needs:Name(s):Address:Phone:Email:Pets:Special Needs:Name(s):Address:Phone:Email:Pets:Special Needs:Name(s):Address:Phone:Email:Pets:Special Needs:Name(s):Address:Phone:Email:Pets:Special Needs:Name(s):Address:Phone:Email:Pets:Special Needs:Name(s):Address:Phone:Email:Pets:Special Needs:Name(s):Address:Phone:Email:Pets:Special Needs:Name(s):Address:Phone:Email:Pets:Special Needs:Name(s):Address:Phone:Email:Pets:Special Needs:Name(s):Address:Phone:Email:Pets:Special Needs:Name(s):Address:Phone:Email:Pets:Special Needs:*Be sure to complete this Contact List to keep as a hard copy in case you cannot accessinformation on your phone. Consider making a digital copy of your neighborhood CONTACT LIST.*Contacts within your neighborhood should remain CONFIDENTIAL.
Skills & EquipmentNeighborhood Skills Inventory - One way for neighbors to help each otherduring an emergency is by sharing their skills. Knowing who knows first-aid or hascrisis counseling skills could change the outcome of a disaster. Talk to yourneighbors to see how you can help one another. List the names of people whoknow these skills, and add some of your own.First-Aid Skills:Electrician Skills:Crisis Counseling Skills:Language Skills:Coordinating/Organizational Skills:Child Care Skills:Elder Care Skills: Fire Fighting Skills: Carpenter Skills:Search & Rescue Skills: HAM Radio Operator: Plumbing Skills:
Neighborhood Equipment Inventory - Share resources/equipment and keepeach other safe in an emergency. Write down the names of people in yourneighborhood with critical equipment, and add some of your own!(i.e. hauling equipment, trailers for large animals...etc.)First-Aid Supplies:Chain Saw:Ladder:Fire Extinguisher:Generator:Strong Rope:Camp Stove/Grill: NOAA Weather Radio: Walkie-Talkies:Crow Bar: Flashlights: Solar Charger:
Place the HELP or OKsign somewhere visiblefrom the street (see loose handout)Dress for safety -Use protective clothing likeboots and gloves to protectyourself from debrisShut off the natural gasor water (if applicable)This may prevent further damageor firesGo to the NeighborhoodGathering Site Make sure your Napa CountySheriff Dept EVACUATION tagis on your door or mailbox beforeyou leave- Gathering Site -Take care of yourfamily/householdEvacuate if needed orif you feel unsafeCall 911 for medicalemergenciesForm teams (Use thebuddy system)Team 1: Will check on the elderly,those with disabilities, or childrenTeam 2: Will check all the homeswith "HELP" displayed out front orwith no card showing. Trust yourinstinctsTeam 3: Will stay updated withNixle Alerts and check in withZonehaven for official informationShare what you have done withyour neighbors. Call 911 if youneed medical assistanceReturn to gathering site-Steps & FAQsSTEPS - Immediately Following DisasterMake an emergency plan with your neighbors to ensure everyone stays safeduring a disaster. These steps may be adjusted to fit your neighborhood's specificneeds and/or the type of disaster. Call 911 for medical emergencies or if youare in immediate danger.
What can I do to helpduring a disaster?Some neighbors may have pre-existing vulnerabilitieslike access and/or functional needs. Let them know youare there to help if they were to need it during anemergency.Who can do what? Who knowswhat? Who has what?Let your neighbors know what skills or emergencyequipment you may have that can help during adisaster and how they might like to help too.What if my neighborsdon't want to join MYN?Know that not all neighbors will be open to participatingor attending meetings. Instead ask if they would like tostay informed about what the neighborhood is doing.Join the monthly Leader Council meetings sponsored byCOAD to connect with other neighborhood leaders.How do I attract interestamongst my neighbors?There may be someone you know willing to be a co-leader to model "working together." Block parties orBBQ's are a great way of getting to know yourneighbors. Make it a potluck and think of ways to helppeople connect. Having a large map on butcher papercan get people talking.What if my neighbordoesn't speak my language?Ask someone to translate (if possible) or use onlinetranslators like Google Translate & Linguee whenplanning with someone that doesn't speak yourlanguage. Don't be afraid to use hand gestures! Createemergency communication cards with both languageson it asking important questions and possible answers.What if my neighbor doesn'twant to share contact info?Many are concerned about sharing personalinformation and suspicious about organizing efforts.Making connections and feeling comfortable withothers can take time. Wait until people are ready toshare contact information. Affirm that contactinformation will just stay within the neighborhood.What emergencies haveyou experienced?What was it like for you and what concerns you mostnow? Most people in Napa have experienced at leastone emergency and can identify existing concerns theymay have relating to disasters.What should I consider asmy neighborhood?That is really up to each neighborhood. Typically 10-20homes is about right - your block on one or both sidesor your cul-de-sac. It might be different in anapartment complex or mobile home park. Think aboutnatural boundaries.What is recognizableabout your home?A great way to start a conversation is by describing anyphysical identifiers on your home. (Ex: I'm the personthat lives in house with the big tree out front.) How do I start the conversation?First introduce yourself! Let people know why youhave been thinking about emergencypreparedness. We've had a lot of emergencies inNapa these last few years and it's important to beprepared.MYN Frequently Asked QuestionsWorking together to combine our skills and resources makes us more resilient and effective inresponding to emergencies. During an emergency we all are vulnerable. Knowing people aroundyou can reduce the chaos immediately after a disaster. It might feel a little intimidating to try toconnect with your neighbors about preparing together, but sometimes preparing on your owncan be just as intimidating. Here are some questions to help get the conversations started andconnect when others are skeptical. Be patient, building relationships and collaborating takes time.Conversation Starters Working with your Neighbors
Do NOT use candles during a power outage! -Candles may cause fires, especially if there's a gas leak. Instead use flashlights or aheadlamp.!Be sure your text alert is loud enough to wake you up incase there is a NIXLE alert in the nightKnow your EVACUATION ZONE -You can find your evacuation zone with the ZONEHAVEN interactive online map:community.zonehaven.comEvacuate immediately if you hear a Hi-Lo siren -A Hi-Lo siren is used to notify people of an emergency. Learn what the Hi-Lo siren sounds like: bit.ly/Hi-LoSirenHave a backup communication plan in case you losepower or cell connectivity -Have a backup communication plan in case you lose power or cell connectivity. Makesure everyone in your family knows the plan and where to reunite if you cannotconnect by phone. Remember, texting is best during emergencies. Test your backupplans.Know what you plan to do during an evacuationwarning and evacuation order -A fire WARNING means that there is potential threat to life and property. An ORDERmeans there is an immediate threat. If you plan to leave during an evacuation warning,especially if you have special circumstances which require more time, be sure youknow what resources your insurance will cover and where you plan to go.Check in with your out-of-area contact and notifythem of your situationMake a plan for your pets and livestock -Contact Napa CART for preparedness resources and animal support duringemergencies: napacart.org or Call: 707-732-1555Check out free apps - like Watch Duty - on your smartphone as an UNOFFICIAL yet important sources ofinformation that provide notifications about local firesTips/MapPreparedness TipsHaving a plan, practicing it, and making it more familiar are life saving measures. Hereare some tips to consider when creating your emergency plan. Check out the MYNwebpage for more tips:napavalleycoad.org/mynKeep a fire extinguisher handy in case of a small fire
Map out your neighborhood - Draw the layout of your neighborhood, includingbuildings & houses, streets, landmarks such as fire hydrants and gas tanks, and wherecritical supplies can be found. Number the houses in your neighborhood to correspondwith your Contact List for easy reference. Consider making a digital map of yourneighborhood, but keep a hard copy in case you can't access the digital versionin an emergency.
OK(OPTIONAL) We are OK and evacuated safely. You can contact us at:Position this sign in a place that is easily visible from the street so your neighborsor emergency personnel know you are OK. THIS SIGN DOES NOT REPLACE YOUREVACUATION TAG FOR THE NAPA COUNTY SHERIFF DEPARTMENT
HELPPosition this sign in a place that is easily visible from the street so yourneighbors or emergency personnel know you need assistance.