I'm proud to announce that the Challenge.gov winner is the Map Your Neighborhood program submitted by Penny W. Here’s a little bit about the program from Penny’s submission:
It [the Map Your Neighborhood program] involves meeting with a small group of your neighbors to set up a plan for evacuation, rescue, etc. in the event of a disaster. You physically draw a diagram of your neighbor's homes to include gas shut-offs, water shut-offs, etc. You also inquire and make a list of who has a ladder, chain-saw, rope, muscular strength, or who can provide childcare so others can go to the aid of surrounding neighbors and so on. It is a very easy program to understand and does not rely on a large group to participate, just you and your immediate neighbors. It teaches basic preparedness and give some insight as to what may be needed and who, in your own neighborhood, is able to provide it.
Note: Map Your Neighborhood is a program from the Washington State Emergency Management Division.
Getting prepared in your neighborhood is one of the most important things you can do, because the more prepared you and your community are, the quicker you will bounce back after a disaster.
You can learn more about the Map Your Neighborhood program on the Washington State Emergency Management Division website, and although we only have one winner, there were over 150 ideas submitted, so take another look at some of the submissions to see if you can implement one of them in your community.
As we continue to work with the whole community (federal, tribal, state, and local governments, non-profit and voluntary organizations, the private sector, and the public) to respond to and recover from the recent disasters, we are continuing to encourage individuals, families, and businesses to prepare before the next disaster strikes. And as we all know, hurricane season officially started yesterday, and NOAA is predicting another busy hurricane season. Don’t forget to visit www.ready.gov and www.ready.gov/business.
Congratulations again to Penny W. and the State of Washington Emergency Management Division and thank you to everyone who submitted entries to the challenge.