Ready Together: A Neighborhood Emergency Preparedness Handbook

Getting Ready Together

The big question is, "What will we do to keep ourselves, our families, and our communities safe in times of disaster?" In the first 10 months of 2019 blizzards blanketed communities across North America bringing them to a standstill, rapid snowmelts caused historic flooding and $12.5 billion worth of crop and property damage, tornadoes ripped through an alarming number of communities, massive earthquakes shook Sourthen California, and 190,815 acres on fire caused the evacuation of 200,000 people throughout California. And this year is not yet over!

What can we do to most effectively prepare for this “new normal” fueled by global climate change before the next round of super-charged calamities hit us right where we live? One essential strategy is to prepare our households and neighborhoods to respond in a collaborative and coordinated way. Transition US is currenlty collaborating with NewStories and Emergency Manager for the City of Renton’s Office of Emergency Management to develop a community preparedness program that is designed to help you and your community become "ready for anything." This program includes a new series of workshops and webinars and the centerpiece: ReadyTogether: A Neighborhood Emergency Preparedness Handbook.

The Ready Together Project works like this:

  • A small cluster of near-neighbors come together over several sessions and work through a user-friendly handbook full of practical, low-cost and no-cost tips to help you and your household be more prepared for emergencies of any kind.  
  • The self-guided Ready Together Handbook contains sessions on the following topics and more: collecting essential supplies to have on-hand for emergencies, making "go-bags" for all members of your household (including pets) in case you need to evacuate, and developing emergency response plans so that in critical times you already have clear instructions in place. Perhaps more importantly, the very act of going through the Handbook together with neighbors builds up the social conditions so that in the event of an emergency, you will be much more likely to thrive. 
  • This Handbook will be supplemented by an Outreach Guide that you can use to rally your neighbors, a Facilitation Guide to help you have good meetings, and a Community of Practice (facilitated by Transition US) to provide additional, ongoing support for those facilitating Ready Together in their communities. 

The Ready Together Handbook and resources will be widely available in early 2020. Please provide your name and contact information on this form if you would like to be kept apprised of its release. We will not provide this information to any other parties.


Introduction_Ready Together.pdf97.38 KB
Chapter 1_ Facing Our Threats Together .pdf164.54 KB

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