Why did the City
of Long Beach create the NET Program?
In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, internet access and
telephone service were lost throughout the City, leaving emergency services
unable to contact households with vital information regarding food, water, and
shelter. While first responders acted
heroically and the City did its best to disseminate information through
alternative means, the City is always looking to improve its response plan in
the case of future emergencies. The NET
Program is designed to improve the efficiency of the dissemination of
information in an emergency situation.
What is the NET
The NET Program aims to prepare our community with the
information needed to be prepared and safe when disaster strikes. Consisting of Long Beach residents, the NET
Program will allow volunteers to assist within their own neighborhoods prior to
and following a disaster by ensuring that every household receives important
Who participates in the NET
NET volunteer can be anyone who is active and involved in the community—or
wants to be. The NET Program will
connect volunteers with a network of fellow volunteers all working together for
a common cause: making sure that every household has the information they need
to be prepared in the case of an emergency.
The program will create partnerships with existing community groups that
have demonstrated long-standing commitment to Long Beach and its residents.
How do I become a NET member? If you are interested in becoming a NET member
or have any questions about the NET Program, you can contact the NET Program at
do I have to do? The
primary responsibility of a NET member is to aid the City of Long Beach in
ensuring that every household is aware of important information prior to and
following an emergency situation. The
duties of each position are as follows:
Coordinator: Distributes information given by the City of
Long Beach to the Neighborhood Coordinators of their designated Area.Neighborhood
Coordinator: Distributes information given by Area
Coordinator to the Block Coordinators of their designated NeighborhoodBlock
Coordinator: Distributes information given by
Neighborhood Coordinator to households on designated Block.Assistant Block Coordinator: Aids Block Coordinator and
performs responsibilities of Block Coordinator in case of absence.
Why should I do it? Becoming a NET member is a unique opportunity to serve
your community and do your part to make sure that Long Beach is ready if and
when the next natural disaster occurs. You
will also be encouraged to develop emergency and leadership skills that will be
useful in all aspects of your life.