Updated Community Watch Program
Grants Pass, OR - Sheriff Gilbertson and the Josephine County Sheriff's Office was pleased to receive a large response of positive feedback from last week's report of a new Community Watch Program. There were numerous requests for more information and we would like to respond to those. As previously stated that program is in development. The goal of this program is to integrate all the preparedness and safety programs now in place as much as possible. This will include, but is not limited to: the Neighborhood Watches currently set up, the CERT programs, all the components of Search and Rescue, Josephine County Emergency Communications, medical teams, and groups working on their own plans.
Computer mapping will enable us see where groups are being set up and where we need to assist people in setting up their own groups. We hope to create a continuous band of prepared neighborhoods. In addition, a larger group of multiple Community Watch groups will develop into a geographical hub. In the event of a large disaster that spot could become a drop location for emergency supplies. The computer mapping component is currently in progress.
The new Community Watch groups will be trained in how to help their neighborhood set up a group and what information needs to be collected. The groups will be shown how to inspect their neighborhood and determine what needs to be done to make homes be safe and secure. Training will be available in how to respond to crime situations. CERT training and first aid training will be made available. Preparedness training and what to do immediately following a disaster will also be part of the training.
Sheriff Gilbertson understands that many citizens are well on their way to accomplishing many of these goals. It is hoped that these people will be a resource for the community and the new groups that are created. What can you do now? Start talking to your neighbors about setting up a group. Start by preparing your own home. Begin to stock up on food and water for your family in case of disaster. Collect first aid supplies. Look into the online resources available and participate in the local Emergency Preparedness events taking place the last weekend in October.