The Neighborhood Disaster Preparedness Program (NDPP) is a new pilot program under development by the City of Knoxville's Office of Neighborhoods.
NDPP enables resident-led neighborhood groups to develop and test neighborhood-level emergency preparedness plans, equipping them with the skills they need to act as effective first responders if professional emergency personnel cannot reach the scene.
NDPP will encompass the following key components:
Uphold the mission of the Citizen Corps to "harness the power of every individual through education, training, and volunteer service to make communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to the threats of terrorism, crime, public health issues, and disasters of all kinds."
Partner with the Knoxville Knox County Emergency Management Agency (KEMA), Knoxville Police and Fire Departments, Knox County Health Department, American Red Cross, Knoxville Utilities Board, ham radio operators, and other groups and agencies.
Conduct training classes for the residents of participating neighborhoods, including Citizen Emergency Response Training, Family Preparedness, Disaster Assessment, CPR/First Aid, etc.
Encourage neighborhood groups to assemble a network of block captains to ensure effective internal communication regardless of the availability of electricity, land lines and cell phones.
Work with neighborhood groups to acquire all-hazard (AHR), FRS and ham radios for key players.
Encourage a single point of contact in each neighborhood, so emergency personnel can communicate remotely but with confidence about the needs of the neighborhood.
Strengthen community bonds so that neighbors become more reliant on one another.
The Office of Neighborhoods is looking for neighborhoods within the City of Knoxville interested in implementing the pilot program.
If you are interested in setting up a NDPP in your neighborhood, please contact Eden Slater at firstname.lastname@example.org or 865-215-3456.