Engaging the Community in Preparedness

Liz Bryant & Joann Jordan

Empowering individuals and neighborhoods to help each other is a huge factor in how well a community survives and recovers from a disaster. Both SNAP (Seattle Neighborhoods Actively Prepare) and Portland’s new website PREP (Planning for Resiliency and Emergency Preparedness) offer tools and skills for reaching out and connecting with neighbors around community preparedness, as well as for preparing your households. Making these connections strong will make your neighborhood more resilient against many kinds of emergencies and disasters. If you have not met or perhaps don’t relate to your neighbors – this is the session for you!
Seattle’s SNAP is an online program designed to help neighborhoods organize to take care of themselves after a disaster. Seattle’s experience with SNAP has yielded many lessons on customizing neighborhood preparedness organizing to the “personality” of the neighborhood. PREP is modeled on SNAP and the Map Your Neighborhood program, customized for Oregon.

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