The basic assumption is that NO first-responders (fire, ems, police, utilities) will be available immediately following an emergency, possibly extending to 3-5 days.

Along with forms, guides, checklists, etc., the site includes descriptions of the methods being used, their origins, along with goals and objectives and how to measure progress.

Neighborhood Emergency Preparedness

The site is intended to bring a variety of information and tools helpful in improving emergency preparedness at the neighborhood level.

Removing barriers to participation

There's good information and tools available from a variety of reputable sources (e.g. FEMA, Red Cross), but ultimately, improving the capabilities to resond to, and recover from a disaster requires someone to serve as a catalyst.

At its core, this effort is to remove barriers to that participation.

It attempts to simplify the methods, create a focus on the "next" things to do (versus all the things that have to be done), and reduce cost.

Simplify methods

The good news is disaster preparedness methods have radically improved since about 1980. Of note are the Integrated Command System (ICS) used by first responders, and Business Continuity Management (BCM) used by public and private organizations.

The dilemma is that both can be seen as complex in a non-professional environment, like a neighborhood.

Plan - Resources - Communication

To simplify, this approach affinitizes efforts under the themes of plan, resources, and communication.


For this effort, the heirarchy of scopes are:

  • Out of region
  • Regional
  • Community
  • Neighborhood
  • Household
  • Individual

The focus here is on neighborhoods, however, neighborhood emergency capabilities are dependent on individual and household preparedness.

In addition, the ability of neighborhoods to survive, if not prosper, from a disaster, can easily depend on community resources and plans.

To a lesser extent, the same could be said of regional, and out of region planning, resources, and communication.

- Scenarios -

    Want copies of the forms and instructions?

  • Tools>Forms
  • Want to start a neighborhood emergency team?

  • Tools>Guides
  • Want to know how effective your neighborhood disaster response capabilities are?

  • Approach>Maturity model
  • Want to understand the methods and tools behind this approach to neighborhood emergency management?

  • Approach>Methods & tools
  • Want to guidance on emergency supply kits?

  • Tools>Kits

Animals In Disaster

Workshop materials and handouts focused on animals in a disaster here