WHAT IS DEEP ?
DEEP stands for Dunbar Earthquake and Emergency Preparedness. The DEEP program is a citizen’s grass roots effort to ensure our community is able to take care of ourselves after a disaster.
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DEEP’s focus is shifting to
Map Your Neighbourhood
Dear friend and neighbour,
Seems like COVID has turned our lives upside down and the end is not yet in sight. DEEP’s focus has traditionally been to coordinate a community-based response to an emergency/disaster. Our Disaster Support Hub is set up for an event like an earthquake – and thankfully, a recent check has shown our container and disaster response supplies remain in good order.
COVID has presented us with a different type of emergency, a more drawn out scenario where social distancing puts constraints on face to face interactions. Many of our neighbours (as well as our dedicated volunteers) are feeling the social isolation. Some excellent efforts towards addressing neighbours needing help are emerging from our community organizations and some of the social platforms – like the Dunbar Mailing List Serve and Nextdoor, with many of us reaching out to our more vulnerable neighbours to offer help.
But how many of us know which of our neighbours might need assistance?
We believe that the Map Your Neighbourhood program can fill this gap, and that it can safely be conducted online and in small groups. Our DEEP committee is mobilizing to adapt the program to our current circumstances and trying it out in our own neighbourhoods. If you’d like to jump in, we’ll provide you with support and materials to get this going.
As a reminder, the MYN program teaches 9 important steps to follow immediately after a disaster, first to secure your home, and then to help your neighbourhood. What’s important in our current situation is that it teaches a team approach to neighbourhood response, including communications and staying safe while helping (team is everything in disaster response).
ANYONE CAN DO THIS – INCLUDING YOU!
The best news – Map Your Neighbourhood program can be completed in a couple of short online meetings, and costs nothing! Neighbourhood watch programs are a good place to start this program, but even if your neighbourhood is completely disconnected, it is still easy to do Map Your Neighbourhood. The key is a little work and personal outreach before the meeting, and leadership at the meeting (and maybe afterwards) for seeing the process through. Who should the leader be? HOW ABOUT YOU? Most people are afraid to “take charge” but this is the time to step up. Defining house and neighbourhood is also very liberal. One or two floors of an apartment building can be a neighbourhood, as can 10 widely spread rural properties.
Watch DEEP DSH Training Exercise on Global News
Around 30 people gathered to help DEEP test our citizen disaster response model at the Dunbar Community Centre on Saturday September 30, 2017.
LEVELS OF PREPAREDNESS
It’s important to remember that after a major disaster occurs people will be on their own for a significant length of time and will need to look within their local resource base, as city and emergency resources will be over extended.
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO PREPARE?
1. Prepare an emergency plan, so every member of your family understands what to do if there is an earthquake or other disaster.
2. Store extra food and water in your home.
3. Prepare a “Grab and Go” kit with supplies such as food, water and documents.
WHAT IS MAP YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD?
The Map Your Neighbourhood (MYN) program is a set of videos and discussion guides that your neighbourhood can use to create an emergency plan. Map Your Neighbourhood teaches 9 important steps to follow immediately after a disaster, first to secure your home, and then to help your neighbourhood. MYN teaches a team approach to neighbourhood response, including communications and staying safe while helping. Read more
VANCOUVER DISASTER SUPPORT HUBS
“A major earthquake in Vancouver will impact everyone in our community. Families, neighbours, and community organizations will need to work together to support each other while emergency service personnel are responding to high-priority incidents.
Disaster support hubs are designated locations where you can initially gather to coordinate your efforts and offer assistance to other members of your community. They are also the post-disaster locations where City staff and trained volunteers will prioritize getting information and providing services to the public. There are 25 disaster support hubs located throughout the city.” Read more
DEEP offers training exercises for the DSH at the Dunbar Community Centre. Please see Events .