Map Your Neighborhood

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Statistics show that 70% of all survivors of disasters are rescued by other survivors. The neighbors living around you are your most immediate source of help. Disasters will, strike at any time of the day or night and the reality is that emergency responders will not be available to everyone and may not able to reach you for several days following a major disaster. It may be up to you to save the life of another or you may depend on your neighbors to rescue you or your loved ones. We are vulnerable to a variety of potential risks and it is not “If” but “when”…

Neighbors must be prepared to work together to respond to a variety of challenging situations during the first hour, days or weeks following a catastrophic event, from turning off gas meters and water valves to putting out small fires and attending to injuries. Knowing what to do in the first hour (Golden Hour) of a disaster response may save a life or reduce the amount of damage sustained.

Map Your Neighborhood‘s goal is to provide a step by step process to help neighborhoods (generally 18 – 20 households) be better prepared for disasters and know what do afterwards – evaluate their home & neighborhood after a disaster, organize teams to address immediate needs (injuries, fire, communication, etc.) and be self-sufficient to survive and recover quicker.

  • Learn the 9 Steps to take immediately following a disaster to secure your home and neighborhood
  • Create a contact list indicating number of people in household, who may have special needs (elderly, persons with disabilities, children that might be home, animals)
  • Identify skills and equipment (assets) of each neighbor that are useful for an effective disaster response
  • Identify risks within your neighborhood (overhead wires, gas mains, trees, nearby chemicals, etc.)
  • Create a neighborhood map showing house numbers, gas and water turn off(67% of fires after a disaster are caused by leaking gas), Organize a team to carry out your plan following the disaster
  • Choose locations for a safe Gathering Site and Neighborhood Care Center
  1. Take care of yourself and family first
  2. Protect our head, feet and hands with protective clothing (kept under your bed with MYN guide)
  3. Check for injuries and natural gas leaks at your home
  4. Shut off water at the house main to preserve clean water and avoid outside contamination
  5. Place HELP/OK sign on front door or window for emergency teams
  6. Put one of your fire extinguishers on front curb to put out small fires
  7. Go to the Neighborhood Gathering Site
  8. Form teams to 1) listen to radio for alerts; 2) check on elderly, disabled, children, animals; 3) check gas and water leaks; 4) check homes with HELP signs or with no sign
  9. Return to Neighborhood Gathering Site to share response, communicate needs to the city, plan next steps

Note: can go one step further and utilize the Incident Command System or be ham radio trained (

Map Your Neighborhood Materials

A Neighborhood in Action

Watch Pasadena Hastings Ranch Neighborhood put Map Your Neighborhood into action!

How to Make a Map

Learn how to use Google Maps to make Map Your Neighborhood Emergency map.

Become an Organizer

Neighbor leaders or “organizers” register and complete a two hour FREE training that provides you with the materials and skills needed to reach out to your neighbors to implement the MYN program (click to register).

As the neighborhood “organizer” you, or another neighbor, would host a planning party and personally invite residents to your home for a 90 minute preparedness meeting in which neighbors will learn the 9 Steps to take immediately after a disaster and complete the Map Your Neighborhood template using the MYN discussion guide and/or DVD. You will also receive a packet containing the initial resources residents will be provided prior to your neighborhood meeting.

At the conclusion of the meeting the Neighborhood leader sends an evaluation form and MYN completion card to the Pasadena Fire Emergency Preparedness Office (Lisa Derderian) so that Pasadena Fire knows which neighborhoods are MYN organized.

In a year, the neighborhood group meets again to update the map, contact list and perform a response drill.

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