Here’s the final part of Step 5: Plan Your Approach – put it in writing!

October 3, 2014

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Write up everything in a basic format that describes the scope of your plan, including risks, threats, your detailed neighborhood map of your defined area and your basic approach to the disaster response.

Support Annexes provide added details that go beyond a basic plan, outlining specific tasks such as carrying out communication, shelter-in-place procedures (staying put, per order of local authorities), mitigation procedures (delivering food, medicine, and water to people who are incapacitated) and evacuation procedures. You may want to include support annexes in your plan.

Once your plan is drafted, meet again with your neighbors, ask them for feedback, and make changes if necessary. Holding meetings on a regular basis will help to review, revise and update your plan as needed (try to do this at least once annually.)

Now, let’s take a walk outside with your team and review your neighborhood area together; it will help everyone to get a visual perspective of your neighborhood disaster plan, as well as a poignant reminder that we all need to help each other, especially during a catastrophic emergency!

Learn more about Step 5: Plan Your Strategy

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