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Preparedness for Your Neighborhood

5-Step Toolkit for Neighborhood Disaster Planning
The City of Los Angeles provides some great downloads to help you with your neighborhood emergency planning.  Here you will find a toolkit, guides for plans and facilitators, survey templates, sample plans, door hanger templates and more.

Listen, Protect and Connect: Family to Family, Neighbor to Neighbor
Forty-six percent of individuals expect to rely a great deal on people in their neighborhood for assistance within the first 72 hours after a disaster. The Neighbor Helping Neighbor approach seeks to support state, tribal and local agencies, civic organizations, faith-based groups and other community organizations that serve the whole community. Find more info about how communities can help each other on

Map Your Neighborhood Discussion Guide (PDF)
This 25-page PDF from the Washington State Emergency Management Division offers a plan for mapping your neighborhood in preparation for a disaster.  A very helpful tool that describes how a group of neighbors can become self sufficient in the event of an emergency or natural disaster when access to resources may be limited for a few days, or longer.