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Simply put, the Ready Neighborhood Program is a group of neighbors who have agreed to work together following a big disaster.  Some neighborhoods like to have a very formal plan, with assigned roles and tasks, while other are more spontaneous, leaving specific assignments to the day of the disaster.  There is no right or wrong way to organize. The way you do it really depends on the neighborhood “personality”.

Regardless of how you organize there are some easy steps you can take to get everyone on the block thinking about disaster preparedness.

Here in St. Clair County we may experience a variety of disasters from weather related floods and power outages to single family fires , or a Chemical release or spill.  We also know that our normal daily lives can be severely disrupted and services we are used to getting (clean water, electricity, natural gas, phone and internet, fire and police response) will be very limited to non-existent.  That is why we encourage people to not only prepare themselves and their families, but to talk to their neighbors about how they will work together to make sure everyone in the neighborhood is safe and cared for.

St. Clair County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HSEM) has created a Ready Neighborhood Program to help your neighborhood get organized in times of disaster.  There is an online toolkit that provides practical step-by-step instructions on organizing as a neighborhood.  If you want, the HSEM can come out to your neighborhood and help you prepare.  For more information about this program call 810-989-6325 or email at  or our website:


This is a 3 Step Process: (click on below links for more information)

Facilitator tool kit links (full packages are available from HSEM):

Facilitators Guide


Step 1:  Getting Together

Step 2:  Getting Organized

Step 3: Enhancing Your Neighborhood (Coming Soon)

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