The resource section is organized in the three categories of Connect, Care, and Prepare. Clicking on a link will open it in a new window. For ease of printing, most files are PDF format, unless otherwise noted.


Start a Block Action Team
Scenarios for Meeting Your Neighbors
Sample Introduction Letter to Neighbors (MS Word so you can customize as needed)
Family Resource and Information Form (PDF form download)
Emergency Contact Information Template (Excel, automatic download)
Neighborhood Directory Template (Excel, automatic download)
How to set up a Yahoo Group for communicating with your BAT
How to set up a Google Group for communicating with your BAT
Preliminary Safety Assessment form (PSA) – PDF file that allows input of street addresses


BAT Leader Position Description
How to Host A Block Party


Preparing Your Family

FEMA Your Family Disaster Supplies Kit– A good discussion of what should go into a personal and family emergency kit, from FEMA.
Family Disaster Planning – A short article on why family planning is important. What you should cover and steps to take after a disaster. From the American Red Cross
Family Disaster Plan Template – A template that you can fill out and print to start your Family Disaster Plan.  From the American Red Cross

Preparing Your Neighborhood

How to Organize a Neighborhood Emergency Preparedness Meeting
Post-earthquake Checklist
Turning off the electricity after an earthquake
Gas Safety – how and when to turn it off