Map Your Neighborhood

FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) mission is to support the citizens and first responders to promote that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

This program was developed by FEMA specifically for communities and neighborhoods. We became aware of this program through the Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management. They have goals similar to those of FEMA, but more specific to the county. For our community, we too, have a need to work together to build, sustain and improve our capability to mitigate all hazards.

For those that participate, this program will save lives and greatly improve the quality of life following a disaster. The program is FREE but requires participating households to provide some information to their neighbors.

Neighborhoods that are prepared for emergencies and disaster situations save lives, reduce the severity of injuries and trauma and reduce property damage. In addition, contributing as an individual and working together as a team helps develop stronger communities and improve the quality of life in the community.

The Map Your Neighborhood program will guide us and our neighbors through simple steps to help enhance your preparedness for an emergency. These steps will help us to quickly and safely take actions that can minimize damage and protect lives. It is designed to improve disaster readiness at the neighborhood level, 15-20 homes or a defined area that we can canvas in 1 hour. It teaches neighbors to rely on each other during the hours or days before fire, medical, police or utility responders arrive.

We will be completing Map Your Neighborhood workbooks along with other neighbors nearby. The workbooks will help us understand our closest neighbors and how we might work together should a disaster occur here. To facilitate this exercise, a block facilitator will bring the neighbors together. For some of us, we might not even know those folks down the street or through the woods. This will be an opportunity to get to know them and strengthen the community at the same time.

Do you know which of your neighbors has a generator? What about which neighbors have chainsaws? Do any of your neighbors have nonperishable food and water stockpiled in case of emergency? What about neighbors who are unable to care for themselves if your community is inaccessible or without power?

If you have resources such as chain saw, tractor, generator or other items that you would be willing to share with neighbors in a disaster, please let us know. Even if you do not participate in Map Your Neighborhood, you could save a life. If you are a doctor, nurse, law enforcement, fireman, search and rescue responder or have any similar skills, we would sure like to know. We don't know where we will be when disaster strikes but if critical skills are among us, our command and support team would like to know what resources are available.

Map Your Neighborhood program launched in the Echo Lake Community October of 2019

THIS TRAINING WAS FOR THE FIRST 11 STREETS IN OUR COMMUNITY

PLEASE JOIN US TO BRING THIS PROGRAM TO YOUR STREET!

If you have a desire to prepare yourself and your neighbors for an emergency, contact us for more information: echolakeinfo@gmail.com

The Map Your Neighborhood program guides you and your neighbors through simple steps to help enhance your preparedness for an emergency. These steps will help you to quickly and safely take actions that can minimize damage and protect lives. It is designed to improve disaster readiness at the neighborhood level. It teaches neighbors to rely on each other during the hours or days before fire, medical, police or utility responders arrive. Here are some links you can explore to find out more about this program:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPRD3PBk9Is

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAPV6JW49XI

https://mil.wa.gov/emergency-management-division/preparedness/map-your-neighborhood