Activity 1: Set up the Community Planning Team

The Community Planning Team is the group who will gather the information necessary to assess the community’s disaster resilience, and who will draft a plan for enhancing resilience.

The very first step in the planning process is to identify who will be involved in the process. This first activity focuses on creating a team based on some of the recommendations outlined below and in the resources.

The best size and makeup of the community planning team is 3-4 individuals who are committed to the process. They should have a variety of skills among them, such as interviewing skills, writing and basic research skills. It is an advantage to include different types of people on the team, such as:

  • a member of the fire department or local first responder,
  • a long-term resident with extensive knowledge of the community and its people,
  • a small business owner,
  • and/or a relative newcomer who brings a unique perspective.

Because team members will be asking community members for information and opinions, it is important that they are well-respected in the community.

Ideally, there will be a “champion” for the planning process. This may be the mayor or council member, or a well-respected informal community leader. This person’s role is to support and advise the planning team, and gain community members’ trust and willingness to participate.

For more information about creating a team and working together, click on the resource link on the top right side of this page.