Staying Safe In Your Community
Every day you take steps to stay safe in your home, but how much further do you take these actions? There are simple things you can do to proactively extend that feeling of safety out into your entire community.
Be active in your community. Connect with other members of your community and discuss the history of crime in your neighborhood. Based on previous incidents, identify important steps to creating a safer neighborhood and measures to take in the event of an emergency. If there is a neighborhood association or watch, sign up! Join the efforts of your neighbors in ensuring every family stays safe.
If you see something, say something. Do you know the local non-emergency phone numbers? It’s not always appropriate to dial 9-1-1. By calling non-emergency numbers, you are helping 9-1-1 call takers and first responders respond to life-threatening emergencies. For clear examples of when to call 9-1-1 and when not to call 9-1-1, click here.
Educate your kids on how to properly dial 9-1-1. As previously mentioned, it is important that 9-1-1 calls are made in emergency situations. If you are unable to communicate, you want to make sure your child can dial 9-1-1 on your behalf. Teach them to dial “9-1-1”, to use a landline, if there is one, and have them memorize your home address. Check out these great resources to help educate your children about 9-1-1.
Follow local police and fire on social media for updates. Chances are your local police and fire departments have social media accounts on both Facebook and Twitter. These are great resources for real-time local updates, especially during weather emergencies. Follow their pages to ensure you are kept up to date on local news and alerts!
Participate in your community’s National Night Out. National Night Out, “America’s Night Out Against Crime,” started in 1984 as an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, and neighborhood camaraderie. Go out and get involved- find out if your community participates in this annual event and bring the family for a fun, safe and educational experience.