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 training request 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

  • Meet neighbors and establish connections
  • Learn what to do to be better prepared
  • Learn how to stay safe during an earthquake and through COVID-19
  • Know your top 3 response priorities after an earthquake

SNAP Presentation
SNAP Virtual Presenter's Guide
SNAP Virtual Resource Guide

Phase 2. Getting Organized

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

Our helpful Preparing with Neighbors participant's manual will guide you through Phase 2 and Phase 3 of the SNAP planning process. 
Download here: Full Color Version | Low-Ink Version
*Each manual includes a Neighborhood Planning Form, a Household Information Form, and a Skills and Equipment Information Form to get you started. Tip sheets on Utility Control, Search and Rescue, and Damage Assessment are also included.

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Phase 3. Getting Confident

Note: Disaster skills workshops are suspended through COVID-19. Please see the virtual resources below to learn more.

• Learn how to use a fire extinguisher
• Learn how to shut off gas when necessary
• Learn how to shut off water at the main valve
• Learn how to construct an emergency toilet 
• Learn Light Search & Rescue skills

- 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

Emergency Management

Curry Mayer, Director
Address: 105 5th Ave S, Suite 300, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 34986, Seattle, WA, 98124-4986
Phone: (206) 233-5076
Fax: (206) 684-5998

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