Terra Firma Planning prepared this document for the community that lives, works, and plays within the 12 neighborhoods that compose the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods (NECN). So as to make this plan both durable and useful — something the community could use to prepare for any disaster, tomorrow or ten years from now — we’ve created a virtual “toolkit” with recommendations and tools NECN and its neighborhood associations could use to engage and educate people in creative ways.
This document begins with a brief introduction, which defines the need for preparedness efforts at the community scale, outlines the process used, and describes what research and public engagement told us. Our recommendations, starting on page 7, are aimed at integrating preparedness planning into the role and operation NECN. The Tools for a Prepared Community, starting on page 21, include a Disaster
Preparedness Outreach Guide, Resources for Businesses and Organizations, Maps of Community Assets, a Grant Writing Toolkit, a Disaster Resource Directory, and the S.A.C.K. Methodology for designating emergency communications hubs.