1. Determine the area you will cover.
In order to respond quickly and efficiently after a disaster, it is good to establish a reasonably sized area your team can cover. 15 houses is a good sized team with 25 homes being a maximum. Determine what section of your neighborhood block will be included. If you have a small block, you may cover the entire block. However, if your block is lengthy, you may want to split it into two teams.
2. Look at the Ready Together! First Steps handout.
3. Make copies of map.
Each household should receive a copy of the neighborhood map. Watch this video on how to create a map. Print out. Outline each building so it is more visible. Write house numbers (ex. 535) on each house as well as number the houses based on the size of your team, ex. 1-16.
4. Make a copy of the following handouts + map for each household.
NOTE: Periodically we offer the Ready Together! Organize Your Block class (see Events Calendar).
Now that you've built your team up, encourage folks to take a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) class to develop more skills. The City of Richmond as well as other cities provide these for free. There is also a free online course through the University of Utah that includes instruction, but lacks the hands-on part. For folks with limited time, encourage them to sign up for this 16-hour class. Perhaps, they can only commit to doing the units about basic incident command structure and the team (ex. damage assessment) that they signed up for.