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Ready Together

How well do you know your neighbors?

Have you talked to your neighbors about a neighborhood emergency preparedness plan? 46 percent of individuals expect to rely on people in their neighborhood for assistance within the first 72 hours of a disaster1. When the whole community commits to getting ready together, we can be sure that those who need help receive it during times of crisis.

Our nation's emergency managers, firefighters, law enforcement officers, EMT/paramedics, and other emergency responders do an incredible job of keeping us safe, but they can't do it alone.  Establish relationships with your neighbors, communicate your emergency plans, and work together to assist those who need extra help. Have the supplies necessary to be self-sufficient for a few days and practice emergency drills as a community.

The Ready Together program was created to help prepare you and your neighbors when disaster strikes, by giving you the tools to work together to create a community action plan. Check our calendar for a Ready Together event in your neighborhood.

Additional Resources:

What You Can Do

There are many ways you can help your neighborhood get Ready Together.

Download resources from ReadyGov and pull together a neighborhood Ready Together event.

We encourage you to incorporate the following elements into your service project:

If a Ready Together event may not be appropriate for your neighborhood, print and distribute emergency preparedness information found here to your neighbors to share your favorite emergency preparedness tips.

 Download these resources and pull together a neighborhood Ready Together event.
- ReadyGov Community Preparedness Docs


Work with neighbors to create a neighborhood emergency plan. You can discuss meeting locations, communication strategies and ways everyone can contribute in the event of a disaster (useful skills, emergency supplies, etc.).

It can also be helpful to share contact information like names, phone numbers and any information on pets during these discussions, too.

 Download the FamilyEmergency Plan to use as a starting point.
- ReadyOC Emergency Plan

Encourage your neighbors to participate in local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) trainings or other related emergency trainings such as CPR or First Aid classes. You can find these many of these trainings for little to no cost. Check here for the Orange County trainings coming up in your area, and here for volunteer opportunities.