Step 1: Define Your Area — Walk This Way
September 4, 2014
Now that you’ve determined the area that your disaster plan will cover, it’s time to go out and canvass the people that will be a part of your disaster plan. This can be a wonderful opportunity to meet your neighbors face-to-face and discover the vibrant community that lives right next door.
As you connect with your friends and neighbors who are within your designated area for your disaster plan, take note of a few things:
- What languages are spoken?
- Will it be easy to communicate with all participants in the event of an emergency?
- Are there people who will need extra assistance, and will your small team be able to provide it, in a “neighbor helping neighbor” way?
- Are there any issues or special circumstances that stand out in your survey which will be helpful to know during a disaster?
With all these considerations in mind take a fresh look at your defined area. If it is larger than 40 households or there are neighborhood specific challenges that will require more attention, it’s probably useful to divide it into smaller areas and assign a “block captain” for each block/section.
So, now you’ve pounded the pavement and collected the information that will be invaluable during a disaster. Well done! You might find, while being of great service to your neighborhood and city, you’ve suddenly got a lot of new friends and acquaintances to invite to next year’s block party!