Map Your Neighborhood

Helping Neighborhoods Prepare

Map your neighborhoodIn a disaster, your most immediate source of help are the neighbors living around you.

Neighborhoods that are prepared for emergencies and disaster situations save lives, reduce the severity of injuries and trauma, and reduce property damage. In addition, contributing as an individual and working together as a team helps develop stronger communities and improve the quality of life in the community.

The Map Your Neighborhood Program (MYN) can help your neighborhood prepare by teaching you the 9 Steps to take Immediately Following a Disaster and helping to develop a Skills and Equipment Inventory, a Neighborhood Map and a Neighborhood Contact List.

How to Start

  1. Watch the videos below before gathering your neighbors. This “dry run” will take approximately an hour and help you gain an understanding of how to effectively facilitate a neighborhood group.
  2. Contact Patrick Knouff with the City of Olympia Fire Department: Emergency Management Division at 360.709.2701 or He can answer any remaining questions you may have and provide MYN program materials for your neighborhood group.
  3. Gather your neighbors together to go through the videos and materials. This will take approximately 2-3 hours.
  4. Please notify Patrick Once your group has completed the training. He is actively evaluating the program and would like to track the number of participating neighborhood groups in the city. In addition, he can direct you to advanced training and volunteering opportunities.

1 - Introduction

An overview of the MYN program and an opportunity for everyone to introduce themselves and where the live.

• Watch "Introduction"

2 - Assumptions and Boundaries

A discussion about what a disaster is, who emergency responders are, and who can respond in your neighborhood

• Watch "Assumptions and Boundaries"

3 - Following a Disaster

A discussion about the 9 steps to take immediately following a disaster to protect yourself and your neighborhood.

Watch "Following a Disaster"

4 - Neighborhood Gathering Site

Identifying the location where you will gather in your neighborhood following a disaster.

• Watch "Neighborhood Gathering Site"

5 - Neighborhood Care Center

Identifying where will you take care of those in need in your neighborhood following a disaster.

• Watch "Neighborhood Care Center"

6 - Neighborhood Skills & Equipment Inventory

Identifying the skills and equipment that each neighbor has that may be useful in a disaster.

Watch "Neighborhood Skills & Equipment Inventory"

7 - Neighborhood Map

Building a map that marks neighborhood boundaries and critical infrastructure such as natural gas and propane tanks.

• Watch "Neighborhood Map"

8 - Neighborhood Contact List

Creating a contact list that identifies those in your neighborhood with specific needs (elderly, children home alone, etc.).

• Watch "Neighborhood Contact List"

9 - Review

Quick review of the important information that you have learned so far from steps 1-7.

Watch "Review"

10 - Form teams & Complete Tasks

Assigning groups to complete critical tasks and returning to report the status of those tasks.

• Watch "Form Teams & Complete Tasks"

11 - Next Steps

Making a plan to meet again in one year to update information and talk with any new neighbors.

• Watch "Next Steps"


Contact Emergency Management Specialist Patrick Knouff at 360.709.2701 or