Helping neighborhoods respond
In 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.
The COVID-19 pandemic presents a unique set of challenges for our community. MYN has a role in meeting those challenges. Although our critical infrastructure and first responder networks are completely operational, there is still a need for neighbors to help neighbors.
The MYN materials are designed to used before a disaster starts but they still are valuable resources today.
How to start
- Watch the Map Your Neighborhood videos.
- Review the discussion guide to get a better understanding of the program.
- Check on your closest ten to twenty neighbors. Use the skills you’ve learned from the videos and discussion guide. Remember to use proper social distancing when checking on your neighbors. This isn’t the time to have a meal together. Phone or email is ideal.