Emergency Preparedness Team
Map Your Neighborhood is a self-guided, 2-hour training that residents conduct by gathering with their immediate neighbors. This program promotes community resiliency for short-term disruptions and large disasters. It connects individual preparedness with preparedness on your block. Know who your neighbors are and who might need special assistance. When the emergency responders are overwhelmed, we will only have each other to rely on.
Groups of neighbors learn 9 essential steps to take immediately following a disaster. (See below.) Neighbors also work to identify the skills and equipment they have that could be useful in a disaster. Additionally, neighbors develop a block map identifying neighbors with special needs and homes with important features such as gas service. The goal is to create a functional neighborhood team that would provide support within the immediate neighborhood until normal city services can be restored. The MYN program was developed by LuAn Johnson of SPAN Disaster Services in Seattle.
Our goal is to have at least 100 groups/blocks in Friendly Neighborhood participate. We are recruiting 10 organizers in each of 10 neighborhood zones to convene their neighbors for this program. See our progress map above as of June 2019. So far we have over 30 groups completed. The purple Ps are groups in progress.
This program is designed as do-it-yourself. If you are ready to dive in:
review the program materials.
Or let us help you get going by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org:
Have you already participated in Map Your Neighborhood and now want more training? The City of Eugene offers CERT training, a free training program, to provide in-depth information on disaster preparedness for hazards most likely to impact our area. It trains residents in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. Graduates also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.
This training is offered once or twice per year. Sign up for the next one at the City's Emergency Management office at 541-682-5665.
Contact us if you are a CERT graduate and want to plug into our neighborhood preparedness efforts.