The 5 Steps
Neighborhood disaster planning can be done in these five easy steps:
Identify a manageable area, your apartment building, one city block, a few small surrounding streets, etc, that you can organize with relative ease.
- Step 1: Define Your Area — Sesame Street Song!
- Step 1: Define Your Area — Walk This Way
- Step 1: Define Your Area — Let’s Put It In Writing
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.
- Step 2: Recruit Leaders — How Do You Find The Right One?
- Step 2: Recruit Leaders — Don’t Be Shy, Ask For Help!
- Step 2: Recruit Leaders — How Many Leaders Does It Take…
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.
- Step 3: Scout Your Area — What Are The Dangers We Face, As A Community?
- Step 3: Scout Your Area — Chart It Out!
- Step 3: Scout Your Area — During a Disaster, Your Map is Your Best Friend
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.
- Step 4: Build Your Team – It takes a village
- Step 4: Build Your Team — Meeting Time!
- Step 4: Build Your Team — Phone Trees Are The Bees Knees
STEP 5. PLAN YOUR APPROACH.
Create a plan that outlines what your neighborhood will do before, during, and after a disaster!
- Step 5: Plan Your Approach — In the Event of An Emergency, What Do You Do First?
- Step 5: Plan Your Strategy — What is the Incident Command System?
- Here’s the final part of Step 5: Plan Your Approach – put it in writing!
Learn more about the 5 Steps to Neighborhood Preparedness with our 5 Steps Toolkit.