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Building and Block Captains Needed!

Fri, Feb/17/2017

Have you ever considered serving as a Building or Block Captain? The position is a great way to stay involved, meet new people, and contribute to a friendly and safe community. Whether it is supporting neighbors or acting as a liaison to the various boards or staff, Captains play an important part in preserving the high standard of living that has come to be expected of an exclusive retirement community.

The ideal number of Building Captains is one person plus one alternate for every multiple story building. Block Captains are needed for every 12 manors. The Captains program has components of a Neighborhood Watch operation built into its framework. Neighborhood Watch enlists the active participation of residents in cooperation with the Security Department to reduce crime, solve problems, and improve the quality of life in a neighborhood.

One of the most critical duties of Captains is to assist during a disaster, such as a major earthquake, when outside help may not arrive for several days. Captains check on the welfare of neighbors and report injuries and property damage to the assigned Reporting Center. A unique benefit of living within this community is that key resources are available to assist members in the event of a major incident. For example, the Village bus fleet can be used for transport or clubhouses can serve as triage centers or shelters.

The Disaster Preparedness Task Force provides training opportunities throughout the year including introductory Good Neighbor Captain training. Please volunteer to be that important person and make a difference in your community. Ask for details at disasterpreparedness@vmsinc.org or attend the next Captain Training with Chief Moy on March 7, 2017 from noon to 2:00 p.m. at Clubhouse 7 in the Main Lounge.

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