Map Your Neighborhood

I was surprised by how many little things I could do to be more prepared for my family and neighbors in case of a disaster. This workshop is invaluable and fun. Don’t miss this great opportunity. –  Oneonta Drive neighbor

MWJN MYN Map

MWJN Block Map as of 3/11/16

Map Your Neighborhood (MYN) connects individual preparedness with preparedness on your block. Know who your neighbors are, who might need special assistance, and who might have special skills or equipment to help your neighbors in a disaster. When the emergency responders are overwhelmed, we will only have each other to rely on.

The 9-Step program is easy and covers what to do both at home and then on your block in the first 60 minutes after disaster strikes. Practicing makes it even easier.

The “Map Your Neighborhood” program was developed by LuAn Johnson, PhD  of SPAN Disaster Services in Seattle. It is endorsed and promoted by the American Red Cross.  The program is in use throughout the US and is being rolled out as the key tool of the  “Ready Your LA Neighborhood” program. Map Your Neighborhood is also being integrated into the Los Angeles CERT Battalion 2 Master Plan. MYN is designed to bridge Community Emergency Response Team training (CERT) and individual preparedness.

MYN is implemented through an interactive meeting  with 10-20  neighbors in one of their homes. A 9-step program is clearly laid out through informational videos that are watched and paused to develop simple maps and lists on the spot.

Everyone leaves with a custom booklet to keep under the bed for emergencies. The entire process takes only about 2 1/2 hours and participants leave both more prepared and better knowing their neighbors.

The package of 11 videos, featuring a neighborhood in Tigard, Oregon, are available on YouTube and on this page. Here is the introduction to give you the idea:


What are the 9 Steps?

Step 1 – Take care of your loved ones

Step 2 – Dress for Safety – Protect your head, hands and feet

Step 3 – Check the Natural Gas and Propane and shut-off if you smell, hear, or see evidence of leak

Step 4 – Shut off Water to prevent contamination from possible broken pipes elsewhere

Step 5 – Post OK / HELP sign

Step 6 – Place a Fire extinguisher on the curb visible to neighbors

Step 7 – Go to the Neighborhood Gathering Site

Step 8 – Form Teams to listen to emergency radios and check on neighbors

Step 9 – Return to the Gathering Site and report findings


Links to Individual Videos

01 – Introduction – 3:50

02 – Assumptions and Boundaries – 5:30

03 – 9 Steps Immediately Following Disaster – 25:03

04 – Identify Neighborhood Gathering Site – 2:33

05 – Identify Neighborhood Care Center – 3:47

06 – Neighborhood Skills and Equipment Inventory – 1:26

07 – Neighborhood Map – 2:06

08 – Contact List – 1:55

09 – Review Steps 1 – 7 – 2:38

10 – Steps 8 and 9 – 4:14

11 – Next Steps – 1:55

Host your own MYN meeting

Map Your Neighborhood Workshop

Map Your Neighborhood Workshop

If you’d like to host a Map Your Neighborhood workshop for your block, we can help you organize the meeting. You can plan to lead the meeting yourself (see the MYN Facilitator Training Video) or we can arrange to lead it for you. The guidelines put together by the Washington State Emergency Management Division  provide everything you need to do, and we’ve added a few key things ourselves. Send us an email to find out more.

Links:

MYN-Discussion-Guide  – from Washington State EMD (pdf)

Vertical Neighborhoods  – Apartments and Condos – SPAN Disaster Services (pdf)

Facilitator Training Video – Washington State EMD (YouTube)