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 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 currently facilitates the Neighborhood Disaster Preparedness Speaker Series. The Speaker Series allows neighborhoods to host disaster response and preparedness agencies for informational or official trainings sessions. Available speakers include: The American Red Cross, Knoxville Emergency Management Agency (KEMA), Knoxville Police Department, Knoxville Fire Department, Knoxville Utilities Board, Knox County Health Department and the Knoxville Fire Marshals Office. For more, see the Guest Speakers Guide.
NDPP will encompass the following key components:
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.
If you are interested in setting up a NDPP in your neighborhood, or would like to schedule a Disaster Series Speaker, please contact Griff Ashooh at GAshooh@cityofknoxville.org or 865-215-3456.