The District of Columbia Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA) is organizing Neighborhood Planning Groups (NPGs) to help develop and implement the new Community Emergency Management Plans or “CEMPs.” These plans help to assist communities with preparing for emergencies and helping neighbors when disaster strikes. HSEMA is working with each DC Ward to develop a Community Emergency Management Plan.
To facilitate this effort, HSEMA is organizing NPGs to draft CEMPs specific to the needs and the unique characteristics of their community. Each NPG will determine how their community will organize to operate before, during, or after an emergency. HSEMA will assist NPGs with preparing and distributing the plans.
Let us know if you would like to serve on an NPG. HSEMA is sponsoring a Neighborhood Planning Group Open House on May 26, 2011 at 6:30 pm at 2720 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, SE for residents interested in serving on Neighborhood Planning Groups. Following this session, NPGs will meet again to refine and finalize each plan. Meeting times and places will be determined by each NPG.
Public safety officials and the Mayor’s Office on Volunteerism Serve DC will attend to discuss how these plans can make our neighborhoods safer. HSEMA will offer tours of the DC Emergency Operations Center, the Unified Communications Center (911/311 dispatch), and the HSEMA community outreach van. Most importantly, we will seek your feedback on the draft CEMPs.
To register for the NPG Open House on May 26 or if you would like to serve on an NPG, please contact Kim McCall at (202) 481-3015 or send an email to [email protected].