Neighborhood Emergency Preparedness


Preparedness mindset

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.

Download a preparedness mindset document here (Word .doc) (PDF)

Hazard index

A hazard index lists all the types of hazards that could occur and includes data about each. (Excel .xls)


Download a summary of the earthquake scenario here (Word .doc) (PDF)

Download documentation of a detailed scenario specific to a neighborhood  (Word .doc) (PDF)


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 goTo 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)
IndividualSupplies specific to each individual, including pets, in the household.Stored in a know location in the household in a portable container (e.g. backpack)
VehicleStranded with vehicle or need to evacuate vehicle.In vehicles in a portable container (e.g. backpack).
HouseholdIncludes 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.
SupplementalSupplemental supplies (e.g. water) that might be shared at the neighborhood level.Stored in a know location in the neighborhood.
Damage assessmentNeighborhood first-responder damage assessment task.Stored in the neighborhood in a portable container.
Search and rescueNeighborhood first-responder search and rescue task.Stored in the neighborhood in a portable container.
Logistics and shelteringNeighborhood first-responder logistics and sheltering task.Stored in the neighborhood in a portable container.
First aid/traumaNeighborhood first-responder first aid/trauma task.Stored in the neighborhood in a portable container.
CommunicationNeighborhood first-responder communication task.Stored in the neighborhood in a portable container.
Neighborhood captainNeighborhood first-responder captain task.Stored in the neighborhood in a portable container.

Planning areas

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)