I was explaining this to others and thought I would post information here with a photo to help spread the word about this idea and so everyone could see what it looks like. I did not think of this idea but since hearing about it years ago I thought this was a great idea for neighborhoods to put together.
Every residence should have a set of three ribbons and instruction sheet (see below) placed inside an envelope. Keep the envelope in a safe place near the front door so it can be easily located.
Think of the time savings and possible saving of lives if this were available and used in disasters including earthquakes, floods, etc.
Disaster Kit Instructions
When disaster occurs, tie one of the three colored ribbons from this kit around the knob of your front door. Or, attach in another way so it is visible from the street and secure.
Select the proper ribbon based on the following criteria:
(Consider the three ribbons as comparable to the colors on a stop light.)
GREEN – Everything is OK – go to the next house
YELLOW – Caution – We do need some help, but are in no immediate danger, help can wait so go onto the next house but come back soon.
RED – Alert – Someone is severely injured or dead. We need immediate help! Do not go any further without stopping and checking with us.
When a general disaster occurs, the initial step is to have a survey of conditions. Someone should actually pass by your home to access your situation based on the ribbon you tie out front.