Step 2: Recruit Leaders – Don’t Be Shy, Ask For Help!

September 10, 2014

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You’ve successfully identified the people in your defined area that will make great leaders and will help you to execute your disaster plan. That’s a great start! The only thing is, you haven’t gotten a chance to ask them yet, or perhaps you’re still having trouble finding and identifying leaders for your area. Never fear! Here are some suggestions to locate and retain the best candidates for a leadership role in the event of an emergency.

Keep in mind, it’s extremely helpful to have two types of leaders: those who can help with disaster planning and development, and those who will have a leadership role during the emergency response. Both groups of leaders will be working together very closely to help your plan be the best and most effective in a disaster. Having this in mind may help narrow your search.

Next, it’s time to get the word out! Make an effort to attend community events and neighborhood meetups such as block parties, softball games, town halls, etc. Talk with potential leaders face-to-face, explain what you need and ask for assistance. Also, social media platforms such as FaceBook, Twitter, or online forums such as can be a great resource for posting requests or finding possible candidates.

Doing the footwork to find leaders for your disaster plan will pay off immeasurably in the event of an emergency, and will most likely make you a very popular neighbor in the process!

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