Glenboro Block Captain Program Update
Traditionally, October has been designated as “Once Around the Block” month for the local Block Captain program. The program was initiated in 2014 as an organized response to a catastrophic event. In short, it involves Block Captains, ( there are usually 30 of them), checking on the residents of their block if there is an emergency as determined by the Glenboro Emergency Response Team. When they have finished, captains phone their findings into one of the two Block Captain
Coordinators who will be stationed at the firehall. The coordinators record the information and pass on major concerns to the leader of the Emergency Response Team who decides on what action should be taken. Block Captain Coordinators also compile a list of those blocks with no safety issues or minor issues so that our excellent emergency response front line workers can focus their efforts in the areas of greatest need. At this time we have a vacancy in one block should anyone wish to volunteer! You don’t need to live on the block although it is an asset . Just contact one of the Block Captain Coordinators at the numbers listed below.
In an effort to be as efficient as possible, Block Captains contact the residents of their block once a year, (October), and update information that would be useful in an emergency response. This includes a series of questions such as:
- How many people live in the residence?
- Do you have a place to go in the event of an evacuation?
- Would you be likely to need transportation or other assistance in the event of an evacuation?
- Do you have a pet who might need an alternate place to stay during an evacuation?
- Are there any other things that you would like us to know? ( This question provides an opportunity for residents who may have medical conditions, mobility issues, or who require medication on a regular basis, to share this information if they wish.)
There are a few more questions that will be asked but residents are not obligated in any way to answer. It is entirely their choice.
And so that brings us to the last two years with the pandemic and its varying restrictions. Before the end of the month, Block Captains will do their best to contact residents and update information while maintaining social distancing and any other current protocols related to Covid-19. Contact may be in the form of a phone call, an email, a chat on the street, or a home visit from at least 2 meters away. If your Block Captain has been your neighbor for years and knows that there have been no changes to your situation, you may not be contacted.
To find out your block number, a map of the town showing this information will be posted on the community website, (glenboro.com). The website will also have a list of the blocks and the captain for each. If you have any questions or would like to know more about the Block Captain program or if you are unsure of who your Block Captain is, you can call one of the Coordinators: Bruce Craig, ( 827-2893, Cell: 204-526-7083) or Alexis Einarson, (827-2723, Cell 204-856-9302).
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