Options, Opt-Ins, and The Lindon City Drill
When disaster strikes, lack of communication is a common point of failure. We use a Block Captain system in Lindon to bridge potential communication gaps. We drill once a year.
The Lindon City Block Captain System
What this drill IS.
- An opportunity once every year to practice disaster communications as a whole city.
- A chance to get to know your neighbors, your first-line helpers in a crisis state.
- A test of our capability to create a swift, big-picture overview of events, damages, and needs during a large-scale disaster or localized emergency.
- An opportunity for Block Captains, Neighborhood Captains, Area Captains, emergency radio personnel and city officials to work together and improve two-way disaster communications with or without the use of modern technology.
- A way to increase resiliency in a time of need.
What this drill is NOT.
- Data collection. No personal information goes past the Block Captain level: no addresses, no phone numbers.
- A stunt. Block Captain systems have been used to good effect right here in Utah in real emergency situations like evacuations due to wildfire. Communications are often the first failure point in an emerging disaster scenario at the moment they are needed most. We practice to improve.
- Exclusive. We include everyone in the city whether living here permanently or only temporarily. We don't exclude anyone based on religious, gender, ethnic or any other identities. We include long-term care facilities.
- Boring. Have some fun! Get together as a block and enjoy the evening!