This is not a race to an end
It’s more in the realm of mastery and developing capabilities.
There’s plenty of guidance
Some requires a little adjustment to adapt to neighborhoods and communities.
If it’s not easy, it’s impossible
As humans, what we choose to spend our attentions and energies on is driven by an essentially, infinite number of forces.
Assuming we have basic instincts for safety and survival, what is the absolute easiest thing we can do to improve, however slightly, our preparedness capabilities?
Neighborhoods increase capabilities
Neighborhoods increase the scope of resources, thus increasing preparedness capabilities.
Much of the guidance that exists is in the context of organizations.
Neighborhoods can be viewed as functioning entities with variable levels of organization.
Plan worst case; validate with specifics
ALL consequences of a disaster are specific to individuals, households, and neighborhoods.
Tune worst case scenarios to specific individuals, households, and neighborhoods.
A hazard index lists all the types of hazards that could occur and includes data about each. (Excel .xls)
This workbook has templates for all the types of kits listed in the table below. The kit lists are examples and the workbook is intended to be customized by individuals to their specific circumstances.
The NOTES worksheet in the workbook describes how the workbook is laid out.
Download kit content checklists (Excel .xls).
|Grab and go||To shelter at work or school for at least 24 hours. Should include food, water and other necessities like medicines, as well as comfortable walking shoes, stored in a “grab and go” case.||With individual or stored at work or school location (e.g. work, school)|
|Individual||Supplies specific to each individual, including pets, in the household.||Stored in a know location in the household in a portable container (e.g. backpack)|
|Vehicle||Stranded with vehicle or need to evacuate vehicle.||In vehicles in a portable container (e.g. backpack).|
|Household||Includes supplies for the household (e.g. food, water), some portion of which is in a portable container.||Stored in a know location in the household.|
|Supplemental||Supplemental supplies (e.g. water) that might be shared at the neighborhood level.||Stored in a know location in the neighborhood.|
|Damage assessment||Neighborhood first-responder damage assessment task.||Stored in the neighborhood in a portable container.|
|Search and rescue||Neighborhood first-responder search and rescue task.||Stored in the neighborhood in a portable container.|
|Logistics and sheltering||Neighborhood first-responder logistics and sheltering task.||Stored in the neighborhood in a portable container.|
|First aid/trauma||Neighborhood first-responder first aid/trauma task.||Stored in the neighborhood in a portable container.|
|Communication||Neighborhood first-responder communication task.||Stored in the neighborhood in a portable container.|
|Neighborhood captain||Neighborhood first-responder captain task.||Stored in the neighborhood in a portable container.|
Producing workshops and other planning activities have pages and images specific to that effort. These are some of the pages associated with that effort.
There are a number of graphic images used for planning (here)