Posted by Pete Leenhouts on Sep 18, 2019
Emergency preparation is just "one of those things" associated with living in the coastal Pacific Northwest. Forest fires, mudslides, volcanoes, snowstorms, very high wind winter storms and tidal waves - it's all here. The risks are something most of us acknowledge . We can work to minimize the risk and prepare for the inevitable, though. The Neighborhood Preparedness (NPREP) group, which works closely with our county's Department of Emergency Management, provides an an easy way to begin and continue to make our preparations. 

PURPOSE: “The main focus of the Neighborhood Preparedness (NPREP) Action Group (of Local 20/20) is to help neighbors organize so that they may work together when a disaster occurs, thereby enhancing the safety and comfort of all in such difficult times. Working with the Jefferson County Department of Emergency Management (DEM) - - this effort has facilitated the self-organization of well over 125 neighborhoods since 2006. While the number of organized neighborhoods is significant, many more are needed in Jefferson County.” (


MYN: Some NPREP team members train NPREP neighborhoods using the Washington State based Map Your Neighborhood (MYN) program.  If you would like the team to present the MYN training to your neighborhood, send an email to While you wait for the training or the materials, we recommend you view the eleven short MYN videos listed in as well as everything mentioned in this document. Please encourage your neighbors to join so they see periodic posts about emergency preparedness from the volunteer site administrator for  Jefferson County Department of Emergency Management (DEM). Get forwards of NIXLE alerts  and ask questions and get answers. If you are a Nextdoor subscriber, find the posts here in the “Public Agencies” tab on the left sidebar of your Nextdoor neighborhood website.    Please click  to view the growth of Nextdoor in Jefferson County.   


Communication: Communication is key before, during and after an emergency or disaster. Talk to your neighbors about establishing a FRS/walkie-talkie radio network. Click to read how inexpensive and easy it is to get a HAM license and radio, and register for the next class.


Google Drive “Cloud”: EP resources and information should be shared, accessible by anyone and - in most cases - available to teams of collaborators to incrementally improve to create Best Practices. EP files will be organized and stored in folders in the Google Drive platform that is available to anyone. Click and explore.

  1. “Think, Plan, Do, Repeat” guide: This guide is a compilation of many tri-folds listed in  Click to read, print and, if you are interested, join a team to improve it. Click to view a version of the Guide that has hot links in the Table of Contents and throughout the document.  

  2. NPREP Training: Click to read about the scheduled and past trainings with minutes (if they were taken). One of the NPREP training meetings was designed to “re-charge” organizations. Extensive notes were taken.  Please click if you want to learn what was covered.

  3. MAP: NPREP neighborhoods and some organizer’s contact information are listed in layers L1 and L2 in this multi-layered, interactive map - If you want to find your NPREP neighborhood, click  

  4. NPREP Expectations/Needs: Click to learn about what you can expect from our NPREP team and what our needs are. If you would like to join our team, or if you have ANY questions about NPREP, please send an email to



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