Free Emergency Prepardness Workshops 

Over the next year a series of Neighbourhood Emergency Preparedness Program (NEPP) workshops are being offered free to the public. These workshops will equip citizens with the necessary information so that they can plan ahead and take care of themselves and their neighbours during a catastrophic event. 

Calendar of upcoming NEPP Workshops

It is recommending that people attend the Intro to NEPP before taking any of the other workshops. Pre-register at emo@pittmeadows.ca.

What is NEPP

Neighbours helping Neighbours is the foundation behind recovering in a major disaster.  In Pitt Meadows we will potentially be isolated from other resources, so it is imperative that we all do our part in being emergency prepared.

The Neighbourhood Preparedness Program assists in identifying skills and resources that will be useful in a major event such as an earthquake.  The goal is to prepare neigbourhoods to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours post disaster by teaching them how to respond safely and effectively in an organized fashion.

A neighbourhood can be a group of homes, an apartment or townhouse complex, a school or, a business, or any other place where individuals regularly gather.

How it works

Personal Preparedness is the first step of NEPP.  Presentations are offered at no charge to any neighbourhood, school, or interested group in Pitt Meadows. To arrange a presentation, email emo@pittmeadows.ca or call 604.460.6713.

The second step is having a champion in the neighbourhood willing to take on the position of coordinator.  Then steps are taken to focus on setting up the neighbourhood team, including the following response units:

  • Shelter and Care Giving
  • Communications and Transportation
  • Light Urban Search and Rescue
  • Utilities and Fire Suppression
  • Disaster First Aid
  • Damage Assessment

The City may provide workbooks, or you can request the Neighbourhood Preparedness Program Tool Kit to help in developing your neighbourhood plan.

The third step involves practicing your roles in a table-top exercise arranged alongside with the Emergency Program Coordinator.  After that, it is up to you to maintain your prepared neighbourhood.

Facilitated trainings are FREE.  Groups are responsible for their own supply costs if they wish to augment their neighbourhood’s resources.  Advanced training is available for a nominal cost.

Pitt Meadows offers FREE emergency preparedness (EP) courses to help residents prepare to survive on their own for at least 72 hours after a major disaster, such as a power outage, severe storm, flood or earthquake.

Personal preparedness is a key component of the City’s EP program. The more residents can take care of themselves after a major emergency, the more the City’s resources can be directed to restoring services

There are two topic areas discussed within a 4-hour single Saturday session.  These sessions are provided twice a year.  Please see below for further details.

Participants must be at least 16 years old.  Topics included are:

  • Leadership
  • Personal Preparedness  – Learn how to help yourself, your family, your co-workers and your neighbours in those first 72 hours and beyond.
  • Rapid Damage Assessment – Identify unsafe conditions in a single-family dwelling to help determine if your home is safe to occupy after an earthquake. Information is provided as general building/safety information; it does not certify you to be qualified to perform post-earthquake damage assessment.
  • Utilities and Basic Fire Suppression – Learn basic fire chemistry and classes of fire, how to use a fire extinguisher, and basic steps for fire response and intervention in the event of water, gas and electrical problems. Includes hands-on extinguisher training.
  • Light Urban Search and Rescue – If someone is trapped in a home during a disaster, do you know how to identify if and how you can help? Learn what to do. Includes a hands-on component.
  • Shelter and Care Giving

Discover what resources are available within your neighbourhood and community to provide emergency shelter.  Learn the fundamentals of providing physical, emotional and mental support for those in distress.

  • Disaster First Aid

Most courses are 9 am – 1 pm at the Fire Hall (19240 122A Ave, Pitt Meadows) and will include refreshments.  Early registration is recommended as seating is limited.  Priority will be given to Pitt Meadows residents.

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