Getting to Know Your Neighbors

Do you know your neighbors?

Regardless of the type of emergency you may face or where you live, it’s important to know your neighbors.

Here’s why:

  • Emergency response teams may be delayed
  • Your neighbors may be the first ones who can help
  • They know where you live and will have a better idea of what you might need

So meet your neighbors today!

Being prepared for an emergency begins with “hello”.

  • Introduce yourself and let them know you live nearby
  • Tell them you’re making a plan in the event of a emergency and want to share your information
  • Exchange contact information such as a phone number or email

Plan together as Neighbors

You’ve met your neighbors. Now it’s time to put together an emergency plan. Working together to be prepared will help create a better plan.

Organize and announce a neighborhood meeting.

  • If possible, add your emergency planning activities to an existing community or neighborhood meeting
  • Use community news websites and newsletters, pass out flyers, and post in public places
  • Use existing tools to create a neighborhood emergency plan
  • Emphasize the need for everyone to work together
  • Have follow-up meetings

Create a neighborhood map.

Create a map that shows the following details:

  • Point out key community services and resources that can provide support
  • Identify community members that have training or skills that can provide support before, during or after an emergency
  • Identify the location of community members who may have additional needs including families with small children, people with pets, the elderly or those who need help to walk or move
  • Choose a neighborhood gathering or evacuation site
  • Create a neighborhood contact list with addresses, phone numbers and emails

Important steps to take immediately after an emergency occurs.

Emergencies create confusion and stress. That’s why it’s important to have a plan and practice it before an emergency happens. The following steps will help you and your household members respond quickly.

  1. Check on members of your household, family, and neighbors
  2. If there is glass and fallen debris, protect your head, hands and feet
  3. If necessary, shut off gas and water lines
  4. Check electrical circuit breakers
  5. Place a paper on your front door that says “Help” to let your neighbors know if you need help
  6. If necessary go to your family/neighborhood evacuation site
  7. Stay informed

Practice and stay prepared


  • Practice evacuation of your home and neighborhood
  • Check and update neighborhood maps

Twice a Year

  • Check and confirm contact lists
  • Keep Emergency Kits up-to-date