October 26, 2017 North Castle Citizen Corps Council (NC4) was created to coordinate volunteer activities to help North Castle’s communities better prepare and respond to emergency situations. The community group works with the North Castle Police Department to plan for emergency events.
Educational group training for volunteer residents is done under the Town’s Emergency Management Plan. NC4’s coordinated volunteer programs are intended for all residents. The training and educational preparedness programs are co-sponsored nationally by the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the American Red Cross. NC4 was founded after 9/11 when there was a great need to respond and recover from the horrific disaster.
North Castle’s NC4 is charged with overseeing shelter facilities when they are needed during large-scale emergencies. When Superstorm Sandy hit North Castle hard in 2012, thousands of residents were effected. NC4’s 68 volunteers were prepared for two weeks as they assisted 2,048 residents with needed power, water, showers, and a safe and warm place to stay at the town’s shelter located at Hergenhan Recreation Center.
NC4 offers useful emergency preparedness information for Emergency Kits, Household Go Bags, and Pet Bags. Kits with materials for at least three days are suggested to be prepared in advance, and are to be kept easily accessible so they are ready to go at all times. These kits can play an important role in recovery from a natural or man-made disaster.
Dave Bauer, the chairman of North Castle’s NC4, says, “NC4 is a great opportunity to get involved in the community. It’s a fulfilling experience and all the residents of North Castle are encouraged to participate.”
For further information to help your neighbors as a NC4 volunteer, visit here