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Promising Examples

Seven promising examples were awarded a CDC Foundation sub-contract for the pilot program year 2012 – 2013. These community efforts exemplify a Whole Community approach to emergency preparedness, response to a disaster or an event, and/or building community resilience. The Learning Office worked closely with these seven programs to learn how they were built, maintained, and embraced by their communities. Click here to see the final Whole Community Program report.

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Partners in Preparedness

Partners in Preparedness
NYC Office of Emergency Management
New York City, NY

Partners in Preparedness challenges private, not-for-profit, and government organizations to take an active role in helping employees, volunteers, and their families prepare for emergencies by recruiting businesses and organizations to complete 5 preparedness (three required and two additional) actions to receive a “Partners in Preparedness” seal. Actions range from registering for Notify NYC to conducting a drill.

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Do 1 Thing

Do 1 Thing
Lansing, MI

A free, web-based program that encourages individuals to take one small step each month to become better prepared. The flexibility of this program appeals to participants of all socio-economic levels and recently expanded to provide program services to cover low literacy, language barriers, and all ages with converted visual factsheets.

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The Independent Living Centers

The Independent Living Centers
Joplin, MO

The Independent Living Center (TILC) is dedicated to assisting people with access and functional needs achieve goals for more independent living through various services. Increasing individual preparedness assistance and planning has increased following the 2011 Joplin tornadoes, which affected many TILC clients. As a result, TILC and Centers for Independent Living throughout Missouri are continuing and expanding the planning and emergency preparedness services they provide.

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Community Agencies Responding

Resilient Diamond Heights Project
San Francisco, CA

San Francisco’s Diamond Heights community has an ongoing neighborhood effort to prepare itself to be able to respond to any challenge with little or no immediate assistance from the City. Collaborations include San Francisco’s Community Agencies Responding to Disaster (SF CARD) and the Neighborhood Empowerment Network (NEN), a cohort of city agencies, nonprofits, faith based organizations, neighborhood organizations and academic institutions, to launch the Resilient Diamond Heights Project in 2012.

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Project Wildfire

Project Wildfire
Deschutes County, OR

Project Wildfire programs provide preparedness initiatives to further strengthen the disaster-readiness of the central Oregon community against the yearly threat of wildfire. It is best known for its flagship program, FireFree, a year-round education and community action initiative. FireFree provides the community with the necessary tools and steps to maintain a defensible space around homes and be prepared for evacuation and wildfire emergencies.

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New Orleans, LA

Developed by, EvacuSpots is a public art project that offers permanent markers of New Orleans' 17 evacuation pick-up points established by the City of New Orleans' Office of Homeland Security. The EvacuSpots serve as a rally point that will enhance major thoroughfares year round and provide an iconic structure for up to 30,000 New Orleanians without cars to meet and receive transportation in the event of a mandatory hurricane evacuation.

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Emergency Kit

Emergency Kit Campaign
Arizona Division of Emergency Management
Phoenix, AZ

An interactive preparedness campaign inspired by the customizable contents of a disaster kit. The Kit Campaign revolves around a Cook-Off that arouses preparedness thinking through participation, inviting people to vote in an online ingredients survey, and then challenging celebrity chefs and home cooks to create recipes using those elected ingredients and other pantry nonperishables. The campaign is held in September for National Preparedness Month.

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