Thursday, February 19, 2015

5 Steps to Neighborhood Preparedness

 
      The safety of our community is important to everyone. However, it can be hard to create an action plan for a worse-case scenario when living in the city and sometimes being consumed by the fast pace of our life. But creating an emergency plan is an important responsibility that can make the difference under unforeseen circumstances. Below, we have listed the "5 Steps to Neighborhood Preparedness" as outlined by the City of Los Angeles Emergency Planning Department. Note, there are additional guides for every steps. Please be sure to visit the links below this article to view full information and guides for creating an emergency plan.
Stay safe, everyone!
 
Step 1:
DEFINE YOUR AREA.
Identify a manageable area, your apartment building, one city block, a few small surrounding streets, etc., that you can organize with relative ease.
 
Step 2: 
RECRUIT LEADERS.
Develop a team of leaders who can help build the plan and carry out emergency support activities when the time comes.

Step 3: 
SCOUT YOUR AREA.
Get to know the lay of the land: what resources you have, what the landscape is, and disasters or other emergencies common to your area.
Step 4:
BUILD YOUR TEAM.
Find out who lives in your area, how they can help in a disaster, and who may need extra help.

Step 5:
PLAN YOUR APPROACH.
Create a plan that outlines what your neighborhood will do before, during, and after a disaster!

  • PLAN YOUR APPROACH.
  • PLAN YOUR STRATEGY.
  • PUT IT IN WRITING!

Links and source:
Be sure to visit the official "5 Steps" website for latest news, shakeout drill gallery and full information about the City of Los Angeles Emergency Planning Department's "5 Steps to Neighborhood Preparedness" program.

5 Steps home page and info video:
http://5steps.la/

5 Steps and additional information for planning through each step:
http://5steps.la/the-5-steps/

Planning guides, plan templates, digital tool kit and more:
(Training video, Toolkit, 5 Steps Guide, Plan template, etc.)
http://5steps.la/5-step-toolkit/