Public Safety First Responders make a point to tell us that we may be on our own for 72 hours to 5 days before help may reach Yountville in the event of a major incident like an earthquake. The earthquake in 2014 and the firestorms of 2017 remind us of how important our neighbors can be in an emergency event.
In Yountville, we have found that while we are a friendly community, we know that not everyone knows their neighbors. It is important to get to know your neighbors, how to reach them and their emergency contacts, if they might have special needs, what resources such as camping equipment, for example.
The time for us all to get organized as neighbors is before the next emergency or disaster. Neighbors helping their neighbors, working together, is one of the best elements in your preparedness plan. That is why we recommend starting right away. Our townwide preparedness efforts will continue on an ongoing basis, and staff will be available to provide initial assistance to local community groups seeking to establish a neighborhood group.
The Town works together with Community groups for emergency response and communication including Certified Emergency Response Team Trained Volunteers (CERT) and Certified HAM Radio Operators, as a part of a network of volunteers throughout town that will be helpful in an emergency event.
Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a simple preparedness program that is built one step at a time, one month at a time. Each month, neighbors who participate in the program will receive preparedness information that builds on what they've gathered from previous months. This is an informational resource program designed to assist groups of neighbors with information and general tips on forming and sustaining a local neighborhood group. Neighbors Helping Neighbors only provides a website as a public service to help educate about emergency preparedness planning. They are not affiliated with the Town of Yountville or any government agencies and are unable to coordinate assistance during disasters. Town staff is available to provide initial assistance to a local community group seeking to establish a more formal neighborhood group.
Napa County CERT
Napa Valley Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a community based and community supported volunteer organization staffed by local community members, that is self-contained and self-sustained, which can self-deploy to assist the local community; such as during a large-scale disaster. For more information about our local Napa County CERT program or for information on local CERT training programs check out the CERT link:
Napa County Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD)
The Napa Valley Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD) develops and enhances partnerships for communication, coordination & collaboration amongst the whole community including non-profit & faith-based organizations, government agencies, and the private sector during all phases of a disaster.
The 2014 South Napa Earthquake and 2015 Lake County Valley Fire and Calistoga sheltering response underscored the critical need to develop a structure in Napa County to improve community resilience by identifying and directing vital resources to help residents recover from a disaster. Local government cannot meet these needs alone and relies on non-profit agencies for service delivery. These agencies bring a myriad of resources to serve a diverse array of populations, particularly those who are vulnerable and at risk for the most devastating outcomes.
The earthquake and fires highlighted the need for better coordination and communication between non-profit agencies and local government. With funding from Napa Valley Vintners, the Napa Valley Community Foundation convened a “lessons learned” forum with several agencies. A resounding theme that emerged from the forum was the need for a system in Napa County through which local government and agencies can communicate and collaborate. This would allow for not only greater preparedness, but also would create stronger community resilience and coordination amongst the non-profit and public sector during disaster mitigation, response, relief and recovery. In 2016 the Community Organizations Active in Disaster was created, modeled after similar structures in Counties and Cities across the nation.
To learn more, visit Napa Valley Community Organizations Active in Disaster: http://napavalleycoad.org/
Are you Ready? An in-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness
The guide has been designed to help the citizens of this nation learn how to protect themselves and their families against all types of hazards. It can be used as a reference source or as a step-by-step manual. The focus of the content is on how to develop, practice, and maintain emergency plans that reﬂect what must be done before, during, and after a disaster to protect people and their property. Also included is information on how to assemble a disaster supplies kit that contains the food, water, and other supplies in sufﬁcient quantity for individuals and their families to survive following a disaster in the event they must rely on their own resources.
Are You Ready? is just one of many resources the Department of Homeland Security provides the citizens of this nation to help them be prepared against all types of hazards. The Department of Homeland Security’s Ready Campaign seeks to help America be better prepared for even unlikely emergency scenarios. Information on how the public can be ready in case of a national emergency – including a possible terrorist attack involving biological, chemical, or radiological weapons – can be found by logging on to the Department of Homeland Security’s website, www.ready.gov, or by calling 1-800-BE-READY for printed information.
Visit FEMA's Are you Ready page to learn more: https://www.fema.gov/pdf/areyouready/areyouready_full.pdf
*The information on this website is provided under the California Emergency Services Act (California Government Code section 8550 et seq.) and for informational purposes only. The information on this website: (1) is necessarily general and not intended to be a complete guide to all things that can or should be done in the event of an emergency, (2) is subject to change at any time including in the event of an emergency, and (3) may not apply to your specific needs and/or circumstances in the event of an emergency. Emergency preparedness is your responsibility. Relevant information regarding a particular emergency may be different than the information provided on this website. All persons should consult relevant authorities for information regarding a particular emergency. There are many sources of information for emergency preparedness and all persons should consult as many resources as possible.