Posted by Pete Leenhouts on Sep 15, 2018
The purpose of the Neighborhood Preparedness (NPREP) Action Group is to help neighbors organize so that they may work together when a disaster occurs, thereby enhancing the safety and comfort of all in difficult times.
This story provides links and resources for Rotarians and others interested in enhancing their neighborhood readiness to surmount a disaster.

Most of us are well aware of the dangers posted by natural disasters in and around the Olympic Peninsula. The hurricane on the East Coast provides us a timely reminder that all of us should take action to ensure we are prepared to survive a disaster and help our neighbors until outside assistance can reach our relatively remote location.   


The NPREP effort works closely with the Jefferson County Department of Emergency Management (DEM) The 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. (


Map Your Neighborhood (MYN). Some NPREP team members train neighborhood organizations 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, the team recommends you view the eleven short MYN videos listed in as well as everything mentioned in this story. 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). Next Door is a free private social network organized neighborhood by neighborhood across the entire United States. 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.  (Our Club president, Caleb Summerfelt, is the site administrator for the Port Ludlow Next Door network).  


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, which will be held November 17-18 in Port Townsend at Fire Station 1-6. Club Secretary Pete Hubbard can provide details and has posted sign-up information on the Club's Facebook page, here:


Google Drive “Cloud”: Club Emergency Planning (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. Join a team! Click to learn about what you can expect from the NPREP team and what our needs are. If you would like to join the NPREP team, or if you have ANY questions about NPREP, please send an email to Club Secretary Pete Hubbard can provide details about Emergency Prep should you be interested.


EP Folders: EP (Emergency Preparedness) > 2 Neighborhoods > 02 NPREP



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