The only difference between adventure and disaster is preparedness.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Map Your Neighborhood

Map Your Neighborhood is a simple program developed by the Washington State Emergency Management Division that greatly increases your safety immediately following a disaster. The Map Your Neighborhood training course is designed to help neighborhoods prepare for disasters.
A single disaster causes many individual emergencies at one time. Unfortunately, professional emergency response to your situation may be delayed for hours, even days if the disaster overwhelms first responders. In that instance, you and your neighbors become the first responders to your emergencies. Preparing your neighborhood is vital. Neighbors that are prepared are more effective in their response to a disaster and have an increased capacity to be self-sufficient for the first 72 hours after a disaster.

The Map Your Neighborhood course will teach you:

• The 9 steps to take immediately following a disaster
• How to develop a skills and equipment inventory for your neighborhood
• How to map your neighborhood and identify areas of concern

The goal of the Department of Emergency Management is to improve disaster resilience in Cowlitz County by training as many residents as possible in the Map Your Neighborhood plan. If you are interested in having a Map Your Neighborhood presentation at your church, workplace or community center please email our office at

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