Seattle Neighborhoods Actively Prepare

Seattle Neighborhoods Actively PrepareThe City of Seattle has created the Seattle Neighborhoods Actively Prepare (SNAP) program to help your neighborhood get organized. 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.

There is an online toolkit that provides practical step-by-step instructions on organizing as a neighborhood. The Seattle Office of Emergency Management can facilitate a discussion to help your neighborhood get organized. SNAP is a simple and flexible process that can be customized to meet the needs of your neighborhood.

Fill out the online form to schedule a SNAP presentation.

Simply put, SNAP 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. 

Becoming a SNAP neighborhood is an easy 3-step process. Seattle Office of Emergency Management is happy to help you at each step of the way. This online toolkit provides neighborhoods with everything needed to set up a meeting. See the link below to register for our Disaster Skills Workshop to further your knowledge of individual disaster response.

Phase 1. Meeting and Preparedness Discussion

- Learn and discuss key aspects of individual and household preparedness
- Assess the level of preparedness within the neighborhood
- Learn what steps should be taken immediately after a disaster
- Learn about other neighborhood initiatives
- Become familiar with the next steps to organizing as a SNAP group

SNAP Presentation
SNAP Presenter's Guide

Full-Color Version | Low Ink/Black & White Version
*includes Skills and Equipment Form, Neighborhood Planning Form, Household Information Form

Phase 2. Getting Organized

- Decide on a neighborhood coordinator(s)
- Determine the locations of your neighborhood meeting place
- Determine roles and responsibilities of each invidual
- Sign up on the NeighborLink Map

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Phase 3. Getting Confident
- Take a Training and Learn a Skill: Visit our Events Calendar to register for a Disaster Skills Workshop. We teach Disaster Skills Workshops in the following areas:
- Utility Control
- Basic Aid
- Water Storage & Purification
- Fire Extinguisher Use
- Light Search & Rescue

All Disaster Skills Workshops are free and open to the public.