Monday, September 7, 2009

Ready Neighborhood - Map Your Neighborhood!

The City of Shoreline encourages you to coordinate with your immediate neighbors - within a block - to get “ready” so you can help each other during a disaster.

One of the City’s goals is to get neighborhoods prepared as a Ready Neighborhood – ready in case of emergency or natural disaster. To accomplish readiness they use a tool called Map Your Neighborhood. The State of Washington Department of Emergency Management created this “mapping” tool to have a consistent way of preparing neighborhoods across the state.

Map Your Neighborhood is a 90 minute meeting in which neighbors on a block come together to:

 Learn the 9 steps to take immediately following a disaster
 Develop an “inventory” of neighborhood skills and equipment e.g. who’s a nurse, who owns a chain saw
 Map the neighborhood and identify areas of concern such as locations of gas meters
 Verify which neighbors need extra help in a disaster such as the elderly, those with a disability, or children who may be home alone.

An instruction booklet is available to lead you through the mapping tool, or the City has trained volunteers to help lead the meeting.

For more information go to: Map Your Neighborhood.

If you would like to arrange training in your neighborhood, please contact Chris White in Shoreline’s Emergency Management at or (206) 801-2256.

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