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Organizing your Neighborhood CORE Group
Scheduling a CORE Presentation or Class
There are several factors to consider when organizing your neighborhood CORE group.
- How big do I want the CORE group?
- Are their geographical features or natural boundaries like dead ends, hills or creeks that create natural residential groupings?
- Does my neighborhood have primarily single family dwellings? If so, perhaps organize one or two blocks.
Or maybe you’d like to start with 30-50 homes within a designated area.
- If you live in an apartment or condominium, perhaps organizing by floor is more feasible.
- In a large complex with several buildings, organizing one building at a time may be a good start.
Publicizing the CORE Class
Although you will decide the most suitable approach for your neighborhood, the best way to enhance participation is to make personal or phone contact.
When you contact a neighbor:
- Tell them who you are and that you’re part of the CORE Program
- Explain the benefits of CORE and why its important to be prepared
- Give them a CORE brochure or flyer with date, time and location of class. Be sure to include a RSVP contact.
Remember, your goal is to inform your neighbors and ultimately organize them. Not everyone will want to participate in the CORE group, but ask if they have any special skills, equipment or needs the neighborhood should know about if there is a major emergency.
Neighborhood Organizing Resources
- CORE I Class Flyer
- CORE Family Questionnaire
- CORE Family Roster
- Out of State Emergency Contacts
- Medical Release Form for Minors
- CORE II Class Flyer
- Sample Neighborhood Roster Form
- Master Roster List
- Sample Neighborhood Utilities Map
- Tools and Equipment List
- Response Team List
- Response Team Quick Field Team Reminders
It is important to understand that your neighbors will organize based on their self-interest, such as protection of their homes, emergency preparedness or neighborhood beautification. In talking with neighbors, identify their self-interests.
Identify a team of 3-5 neighbors that will work with you. Identify skills, designate a co-leader and share priority concerns of your neighborhood.
Organize a block party or social event. It's a great way for neighbors to get acquainted, share common concerns, distribute information and a good time to sign up neighbors for a CORE I class.