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Community buildingcrisispreparednesstoolkit


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Preparing for disaster and building resilience in your community are flip sides of the same coin. This is one simple guide with resources for other methods.

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Community buildingcrisispreparednesstoolkit

  1. 1. THE COMMUNITY BUILDING TOOLKIT WHAT HAPPENS IF A LEVEL 9 EARTHQUAKE HITS HERE OR OTHER DISASTER? A tool kit for preparing your community for crisis and building resilience
  2. 2. How do we know we are prepared for disaster? A group of people in the neighborhood talk to each other on a regular basis. A self-governing group of people take care of each other when disaster hits. A group of people support each other in small actions taken today to make their lives and neighborhood happier.
  3. 3. Why Build Community? Crisis: When disaster hits, do you have community to turn to? Sense of Belonging: People who are members of groups live longer, are happier and are more active. Community: Connection in the community is one of the areas where we are scoring lowest in the Happiness Initiative survey
  4. 4. Step One: Convening • Convene your neighbors: Invite people in your neighborhood to a meeting at a local café, community center or other meeting area. Ways to reach out: • By yourself: A simple one sheet invitation you deliver to your neighbors. • Through an organization to members of a nonprofit, place of worship, staff etc.
  5. 5. Convening Letter: A Draft Dear Neighbor, What would happen to you and your family if a level 9 earthquake hit tomorrow? Are you prepared to take care of yourself and loved ones in the face of a natural or man-made disaster in our neighborhood? One of the best ways to ensure your own resilience is to be part of a community that knows each other and knows how to work together. Join other neighbors on (date) from (start time to end time) at (place) to start building our community so we are prepared in the face of crisis. At the meeting, we will get to know each other and start the steps for creating a resilient neighborhood. If you have questions, please email me at (email address). Name
  6. 6. Step Two: Holding a Meeting At the first meeting: • Start Your Asset Map: Gather names, emails and addresses and information. • Start individual emergency preparedness education • Conduct a community building meeting
  7. 7. Neighborhood People Asset Mapping A Neighborhood Asset Map tells lays out the assets and vulnerable. In a crisis, self organizing groups are essential. Where these do not exist, mobsters & gangsters move in to organize. The most vulnerable are the elderly, alter-abled and children. At the onset of a crisis the skills needed are: community organizing, rescue, mechanic, plumber, carpenter/builder, medical, caretakers, etc. In longer term, all skills are needed. To build an asset map: • Document who lives where in a neighborhood. Include names, skills, homes where there are vulnerable people. • Keep a paper copy as well as electronic of the document and update it at each meeting. • Circulate the Neighborhood map to the group after each meeting.
  8. 8. Example of a Neighborhood People Asset Map elderly woman plumber gardener doctor architect artists
  9. 9. 4 principles for Community Building 1. We Connect: We talk and want to interact in other's lives in positive ways 2. Me upside down means WE: We help one another, especially when we are faced with challenges 3. We share the load and get more done: Its important to share or talents, time and energy for causes bigger than ourselves 4. We all benefit from the shared space we create: We build networks of support, meet new and interesting people, and have fun while doing it!
  10. 10. 5 questions : 1. What does community mean to you? 2. Have you ever experienced this level of community in your life before? 3. What do you feel is blocking you from experiencing this level of community? 4. What are you personally committed to doing to experience this level of community? 5. Is this something that you care about?
  11. 11. Steps for a Conversations • Create circles of 3-8 people. • Go through the principles. • Have groups ask the 5 questions for each principle. • Spend equal parts time on each question. • Conclude with date for next circle and encourage people to work together on small things to make their live and neighborhood more prepared in the short and long term.
  12. 12. Individual Disaster Preparedness What to have on hand: • Flashlight and fresh batteries • Water for 2 weeks • Food for 2 weeks • Whistles • Medication • Blankets • Basic Tools Other ways to prepare: • Fasten down large heavy objects (such as bookshelves) • Resiliency in the neighborhood: food garden and stock of seeds, rainwater barrels, functioning bicycles and other non-oil based transportation…. Your local government probably has informative materials available online or in hard copy.
  13. 13. Step Three: Building part of Community: Keeping Going • Create a team of at least three advocates for your community building and disaster preparedness preparations. These are the conveners and decision makers. Expand this team when you can, and do not be discouraged as people on it come in and out. • Hold meetings regularly (monthly, quarterly, annually) and do not give up!
  14. 14. Other Toolkits OU Medicine’s Communities Advancing Resilience Toolkit: Community Resilience Toolkit: Building Resilience in Local Communities: Exploring Resilience Community Resilience Manuel And there are many others! There is no “prescription” for preparing for disaster in your community or building community. All is provided to help and inspire you.