How the Program Works
- This program will help you take the necessary actions to be more resilient in the face of nearly any emergency, from energy disruptions to natural disasters to acts of terrorism. The preparedness actions can work within any budget. You can invest more if your goal is long-term resiliency, or you can be resourceful and spend very little to prepare.
- The program is carried out as part of a building or block-based team of five to eight households. Your team will give you the support and motivation to carry out your actions while building the relationships and trust with neighbors so helpful in a crisis.
- The format consists of four meetings conducted at bi-weekly intervals. The meetings last about two hours, with additional time needed between meetings to take your preparedness actions.
- The first meeting is devoted to team-building. This is the foundation for all the work that follows. You will prepare for the program and build a team. This workbook contains step-by-step meeting guides for all meetings.
- Before each meeting, read one section of the workbook and decide which actions to take. Then, in the Action Plan at the beginning of each section, enter the day and time you plan to do them. If you live with others, discuss your plan with them to get their input and participation. Bring your Action Plan to the meeting along with any requests for support you might have.
- At the meeting, you review the actions you have taken and share your action plan for the next section of the workbook. Your team helps you fine tune your plan and provides support and inspiration to carry it out.
- Each action in the program has options appropriate for both apartment dwellers and single family homes. Where relevant, along with planning and gathering materials, the actions include practice so you are truly prepared for an emergency.
- Recommended actions to achieve minimum emergency preparedness are identified with an asterisk in the workbook Table of Contents and on the Action Plans. Five actions are in Section One, three actions are in Section Two.
That's it! Have fun getting to know your neighbors and creating more personal resiliency in your life.