Training program encourages Philly neighbors to be bold when disaster strikes

Paul Kurtz
June 23, 2018 - 3:49 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Public safety officials honored community leaders this past week for completing a disaster response training program. 

Philadelphia Emergency Management Director Dan Bradley says staff members have spent the last year embedded with neighbors in West Belmont, Overbrook and Winfield. 

"To develop neighborhood response plans, learn how to care for those that may need extra help in an emergencies," Bradley said, "but most importantly to make sure they were prepared for power outages, severe weather or larger disasters."

Public safety officials honored community leaders this past week for completing a disaster response training program. 
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West Belmont Civic Association President David Pickett says he believes the monthly workshops and training sessions will make him less likely to panic and more likely to quickly respond efficiently should disaster strike. 

"Who do you contact on your block, who do you check up on, your elderly and so forth, and to get your neighbors phone numbers to check up on everybody," Pickett said. "So it was a full plan for the whole neighborhood."

The READYCommunity program was created from a 2015 poll that found 65 percent of city residents did not believe they were prepared for emergencies.