Saturday, August 11, 2012

National Night Out

In honor of the 29th Nationwide National Night Out event occuring accross the country, now is the time to meet your neighbors for a Neighborhood Night Out.

For most of the country, this past Tuesday, August 7 was the event.  However, those of you in Texas still have time.  Your night out will be held October 2, 2012.

I learned so much this past Tuesday evening.  This is a special night because law enforcement, medical support teams such as The Red Cross, and fire fighters come together in support of local neighborhood watch programs.  At our event, we had the privilege of the local sheriff, State Senator, and some other notable organizations and people.  In order to raise funds for projects this coming year, local companies donated baskets to be raffled.  We had the grills going, ice cream, clowns, DJ, and activities related to the cause.

I also learned about the Vial of Life or the Envelope of Life programs.

If you are new to this Neighborhood Watch Program, or have recently moved to an area that has a one there is actually more to the program than being nosy neighbors.  :-)  Seriously though, there are neighborhood captains who are able to help law enforcement or medical personnel by providing information you give them.  For example, if you are at work or away on a trip or vacation, this would be the neighbor that would be able to pass any pertinent information along.  They are also great if you live alone and needed help.  Again, say you are incapacitated, this is the neighbor who would have next-of-kin or other information you provide.

The Neighborhood Watch Program is also responsible for cleaning up many parks and neighborhoods through Project365.

This is a great way to meet new people, make friends, or at the very least a way to keep your neighborhood safe.  I'm sitting here passing this information along to you because I have no idea how I have not known about this organization?  I've seen signs at the fire station or at the beginning of neighborhoods but had no idea what it was all about.

I hope this information is not new to you.  If it is, I hope these links might help.

Do you belong to a Neighborhood Watch Program or do you have one in your area?  Did you start a new program?

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