Tuesday, May 15 2012, 07:15 PM EDT
Neighbors helping neighbors when a hurricane hits
PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. -- Hurricane season just two weeks away now. If you're getting your plan ready, there is one thing you need to include that we haven't already told you about....your neighbors.
During a storm there are several ways for your community to help you, and you to help your community. As you prepare your plan for hurricane season, your family isn't the only people you should think about.
Vince Bonvecto/PBC EOC: Neighbors need to help neighbors.
Those living nearby could be a vital part of you surviving a storm and having the least amount of damage as possible. As important as it is to have a plan in place,it's just as important to communicate it to neighbors. Whether it involves evacuating or sticking out a storm.
Bonvento: The emergency response could take several days and during those days there needs to be a community effort. Neighbors should reach out to other neighbors.
Programs are in place in several communities that allow people to be proactive after a storm hits. In Wellington, the Hurricane Helpers allows those with special needs to sign up to recieve help after a storm. It also allows volunteers to pitch in after a storm, whether it means helping put up shutters before a storm or cleaning up debris after it hits.
The Red Cross is the first humanitarian group to respond in our neighborhoods if a storm hits, and they are always looking for your help.
Stephen Lewis/Red Cross of the Treasure Coast, Palm Beaches: We would send them to a disaster service training orientation. From there we would train them in various ways from shelter operations to mass feedings and that type of thing.
While several agencies are in place to help you during a hurricane season, there is no underestimating the helping hand of a neighbor.