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Baby Steps--CERT and Neighborhood Plans

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Okay, ready to have your mind blown? Today’s post is a baby-steps-within-baby-steps post. Since we've been talking about CERT today, we thought it would be useful to brush up on the basics by revisiting a previous ‘baby steps’ series on the topic of preparedness networks. The articles and resources linked here are a great place to get started as you think about neighborhood networks and emergency plans.

Step 1: Mix ‘n mingle
The very first, most basic, and most crucial step to building a useful neighborhood network is to get to know your neighbors. Build trust, look for common interests, let them know you’re willing to help. Ultimately, you’re looking for complementary skills and resources, but none of that matters if you never speak with them.


Step 2: Get to work
Once you’ve built a social network, you’ll have likely identified those who would be open to participating in an emergency response network. The next step is to get it all down on paper: names and contact info; skills and equipment; lines of communication. Information overload? Organize it all in this ultra-handy neighborhood emergency plan packet. You can also take advantage of tools like Facebook groups to communicate both before and after a disaster.


Step 3: Build your team
With a basic plan in place, you can kick it up a notch and focus on bolstering specific elements of your neighborhood network. The ‘baby steps’ post here links to an article by a former Navy SEAL about elements of survival you may not have considered (fitness, finances, and the psychology of endurance, for example) and the importance of a strong team.

Your own personal preparedness is vital, but enlisting the help of a supportive group of neighbors can create a pool of physical and emotional resources that might spell the difference between just surviving and thriving.

2 thoughts on “Baby Steps--CERT and Neighborhood Plans”

  • Lance Allison

    I have been four different groups over the years all trying to keep with in the idea of Community getting many types of State Federal and local training as it should go .So I train to be a no one with Many VIP WHO I train in drills to fellow every command to make them comfortable thinking I was to aid victims basically the same way but like in 1992 Hurricane Andrew I became an out law trespasser a person in stealing my old high school at first even showing "my correct ID " Only when local Gov. walk by and said oh hello Lance did State and Federal believe me that I was train to be there even thro in the paper work sent to them that NOT only some VIP Who left the state on vacation was there doing what was needed in filling out the forms in there name

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