Step 1: Define Your Area – Sesame Street Song!
September 2, 2014
There’s an old Sesame Street song you may remember singing as a child or it may have gotten stuck in your head as a parent. “Who are the people in your neighborhood?” When you begin Step 1 of the 5 Steps to Neighborhood Preparedness, you will get to know and gain a much better idea of how to help the people in your neighborhood during a disaster.
The first thing you want to do is figure out what size and scope of an area your disaster plan will cover. What is a manageable size for you and your team to handle? We recommend 25 to 40 households as an ideal size, but we also encourage you to work within existing networks and organized groups. For example, is there already an active neighborhood watch program in place in your area? An home owners association? This could be a simple way to define the parameters of your designated area for your disaster plan.
Once you have defined your area for your disaster plan, it’s helpful to sketch it out on a map of your neighborhood. Now you have a visual aid to see exactly which households, businesses and other buildings are part of it your area. Also, jot down any other information and details you think you’ll need for future reference
Who are the people in your neighborhood? Let’s take a walk and find out!