What is a Disaster Resource Directory, and why is it important?
Hurricane Katrina showed us that after a major disaster communities may have to rely upon local resources for an indefinite period of time. Even after less serious events, communities with knowledge about local resources and needs will save valuable time getting back on their feet.
Where is the directory located?
To increase the ability of North/Northeast Portland to bounce back after a disaster, we have created an online directory of important contacts, community resources, and potential needs. You can view the directory here. Printed copies will also be available through the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods.
How can I contribute?
We have only begun the process, but the document will be much stronger with widespread community participation. Does your organization have physical assets or skills that would help the community in a time of need? Could your organization make use of volunteers, donations, or other resources that the community can provide? Create a new entry!
How will this information be used?
First of all, participation in the directory is a signal that your organization is interested in community disaster preparedness, and that means you will be invited to participate in events and exercises around the topic. In the event of a disaster, community members may look to your organization to provide resources and emergency managers may direct resources to your organization based on your entries.
How can I create a Disaster Resource Directory for my own community?
The Hands On Network - a volunteer organization aiming to inspire, equip, and mobilize volunteers - has written a great "recipe" for creating a Disaster Resource Directory in any community. We have attached the PDF below, and more information can be found at http://www.handsonnetwork.org/lead-disaster-resource-directory-project.