We’re initiating Ready Together all over the country.
We know disasters are coming. We know they are here. We know they will come again.
We deal with disasters by looking at them directly, sitting together talking about what we’re facing and what we’re going to do.
It’s not all doom and gloom. Remember that family three houses down you’ve wanted to meet? It’s time to do that now.
There’s all kinds of information out there for how to prepare for disasters that might come. There are thousands of courses and training websites. Still, Research tells us that less than 20% of people are prepared. Why? Because it is easier to pretend it won’t happen to You.
Preparing for anything – including disasters is something we Can do better with others. With Ready Together a cluster of near neighbors – usually 5-8 households – Come together over seven sessions. This cluster provides support as we each prepare our households and families to survive and thrive in a disaster. at the same time, we build and deepen relationships with those very neighbors we may need to help, or depend upon, in a time of crisis.
Over seven sessions You will actually complete your household preparedness work. You will have sufficient food, Water, and supplies for Sheltering in place, go-bags for each family member and pet, and well thought out evacuation plans should the need arise.
maybe best of all, getting to know your neighbors is rewarding and productive in countless ways.
The handbook is organized around seven sessions. Near neighbors come together to go through each chapter. Between sessions each household does the preparedness homework they pledged to do. At the next session you can report on your progress. With the handbook, the homework, and the friendly support from those participating, you will have prepared your household AND, gotten to know your neighbors.
Community Coordinator and Outreach Guides as well as Guides for those who facilitate these clusters of neighborhoods will provide clear support and direction.
Most of us know that we can get swept up by the unexpected – a wildfire, a hurricane, a pandemic, or a drastic change in government policy. We can prepare as best as we can, but we can be even more successful getting prepared with the people around us.
With Ready Together you’ll get prepared, and connected. The self-guided emergency preparedness handbook will help neighbors work together to prepare for the impacts of disasters of any kind. Even if your 82 year old neighbor on the corner with a walker can’t come to your sessions, you’re going to remember she’s there and include her in any neighborhood preparedness plans. Outreach guides will help you do this and facilitation guides will provide the support you need during each session.
Transition US started Ready Together after spending years working with communities across the US to help them transition towards resilient, local, and more satisfying ways of living in their communities. In developing Ready Together, Transition US turned to two partners, NewStories which has broad experience working in areas hit with disasters in the US as well as globally, and the City of Renton’s Office of Emergency Management which is connected regionally and nationally to those in the disaster field.
We invite you to please join us in getting Ready Together.
More resources and chances for connection will be available on this website.