In an emergency or disaster, a major resource for you and your family is the neighborhood you live in. You may already know of some neighbors who may need a little extra help during a snowstorm or who have an appointment that they cannot miss. With just a little planning in advance, you can connect those people with vehicles to get them to their appointments or make sure that those with special needs are taken care of.
Below is a worksheet that you can take to your next neighborhood meeting, and get people started thinking about what they would do for their neighbors. It should be tailored to the specific needs of your community. This is a great way to get to know your neighbors' skills, who would be willing to help with child care and other needs.
Neighborhood Preparedness Plan Worksheet
Preparedness is everyone's job - not just government agencies, but all sectors of society. Service providers, businesses, civic and volunteer groups, industry associations and neighborhood associations, as well as every individual citizen, should plan ahead for disaster.
During the first few hours or days following a disaster, essential services may not be available. People must be ready to act on their own.