Step 1: Getting Started

In order to get started, your community needs to determine who will work through the planning process, and what geographic area makes up the community for planning purposes.

Activity 1 – Set up a Community Planning Team

In this first activity, you will identify members for and set up the Community Planning Team. The team will be responsible for gathering the information necessary to assess the communitya��s disaster resilience, and who will draft a plan for enhancing resilience.

Activity 2 – Review the RRI, HRI and HRA Tools

One of the first tasks for the planning team will be to review the risk and resilience assessment toolset for this guide: RRI, HRI and HRA.

Activity 3 – Define Community Borders

Once you are familiar with the hazard categories and characteristics, your team will begin defining its boundaries through mapping exercises to get a clear picture of your community.

Activity 4 – Getting Community Buy-in

A key component of Step One is to start communication in order to gain support from your community and to engage the various stakeholders.

Case Study

Drawing from the resources Working Together and Community Mapping, Waskada, MB was able to organize a diverse community-based team (representing local industry, emergency management, fire, and municipal affairs) and undertake community mapping in creative ways.A� For example, Rural Disaster Resilience resources provided the community-based team with innovative ideas for gathering information about their community, including asset and hazard mapping conducted by car: a�?The Waskada Team liked the idea of physically going through the entire area and learning or refreshing their understanding of the area in which they live, work and play.a�?A� The team also took advantage of pictures taken during the drive.A� The photos were then matched to local maps for the purpose of documenting local hazards, assets, zones and community infrastructure.