The 5 Steps

Neighborhood disaster planning can be done in these five easy steps:

STEP 1. DEFINE YOUR AREA.Community Disaster Exercise

Identify a manageable area, your apartment building, one city block, a few small surrounding streets, etc, that you can organize with relative ease.
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STEP 2. RECRUIT LEADERS.

Develop a team of leaders who can help build the plan and carry out emergency support activities when the time comes.
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STEP 3. SCOUT YOUR AREA.

Get to know the lay of the land: what resources you have, what the landscape is, and disasters or other emergencies common to your area.
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STEP 4. BUILD YOUR TEAM.

Find out who lives in your area, how they can help in a disaster, and who may need extra help.
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STEP 5. PLAN YOUR APPROACH.

Create a plan that outlines what your neighborhood will do before, during, and after a disaster!

Learn more about the 5 Steps to Neighborhood Preparedness with our 5 Steps Toolkit.