The first meeting of the Community Preparedness Network drew 32 experienced neighborhood organizers to learn about creating earthquake response teams on residential blocks. The room was bursting with energy! Speaking personally, it felt good to meet so many mature, intelligent people who are devoted to the welfare of their neighbors and their community!
CPN is a new effort to recruit and support Block Leaders – people who take responsibility for reaching out to their neighbors. Many people have begun organizing their block, but they often hit a roadblock after the initial meetings. It’s difficult to figure out exactly what to do to build coherence and expertise in the response effort.
The Community Preparedness Network will link Block Leaders to one another to exchange experiences and knowledge. We can learn what works and what doesn’t. We can help each other develop and use Tabletop Exercises and other teaching tools. And we can give each other social support in the sometimes lonely work of organizing our neighbors to face disaster!
A work plan is forthcoming, based on the intense energy of our initial meeting. If you want to learn more about becoming a Block Leader, please email me at CPNseattle@gmail.com.
–David B. for CPN