Map your neighborhood to prepare for emergencies | Mayor’s Message
Last year, I pledged to focus more attention on public safety prevention. We know that the best way to protect our community is to prevent accidents and injuries before they happen.
I am proud that we have a new full-time fire marshal on board. Roger Rudikoff is a long-time member of our fire department and knows our community well. I am also glad to see that you are keeping him busy. He has already done so many public education activities, welcoming kids to the fire station and visiting groups.
Last year, we reached more than 2,000 people, and our goal is to do even more this year. You’ll see him at National Night Out, and your kids probably know him from events with the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, and at our elementary schools.
I have also asked our fire chief, Roger and our entire public safety team to focus on emergency preparedness. We don’t know when the next earthquake or landslide or severe storm will happen, but we do know they will happen. Every one of us needs to have basic supplies and a family readiness plan in place to prepare.
If you have a serious health condition, do you have an extra week of medication on hand? Do you have enough water and food to make it through the first few days after a major disaster? Is there information about your pets conspicuously posted for first responders who may come to your home?
What about your neighborhood? Do you know who could help out or would need to be watched out for? These are the kinds of questions I will be asking you and our community to think about this year and into the future.
If you are interested in getting the right information and having our professionals walk you through those preparedness questions, I recommend that you consider signing up for one of our three Map Your Neighborhood classes. The first class is on May 23, but you should sign up in advance by calling Roger at 425-263-8158 or emailing him at email@example.com.
Map Your Neighborhood is a two-hour workshop that empowers you to be prepared during a disaster. It includes hands-on training at the fire station and helps you build a neighborhood inventory of skills, equipment and areas of concern. The spaces are limited, and I think you will find it to be a very worthwhile two hours of your time.
It is so important for each of us to do what we can to be prepared, and your city is actively engaged in making sure we have the tools to make that a reality.
Mayor Jennifer Gregerson’s column appears in the Mukilteo Beacon on the second Wednesday of the month. The opinions expressed are her own and do not necessarily represent the opinions of the Mukilteo City Council.