Truly knowing and understanding the community is the foundation of the Community Resilience Program. We provide a variety of proven resources for the discovery phase that can help you gain deeper knowledge about all aspects of the community and more accurately, confidently communicate about issues.
Get to Know the Community
A Deeper Dive to Build Confidence and Trust
Step 1: Assessing Community Strengths & Resources
Whether it's the schools, social services, libraries, parks or an abundance of employment opportunities, every community has its advantages. This tool will help you identify the assets that give you something to build on.
Step 2: Identifying Community Weaknesses
Just as every community has its strengths, all have their challenges, including poor collaboration, a lack of access to services, low engagement or chronic problems such as poverty, pollution or crime. An honest picture can help you know where obstacles may arise, and this tool can help you do just that.
Step 3: Pinpointing Community Threats or Risks
Building a consensus around potential problems can be difficult. Seeking the perspectives of stakeholders and reviewing past issues will allow you to identify and rank the key challenges your community is likely to face. Get started here.
Step 4: Reviewing At-Risk Populations
During and after an emergency, there are individuals who will be left more vulnerable than other members of the community. Identifying groups that will need additional attention can help safeguard them during a crisis. Use this form to ascertain which populations are most vulnerable, where they're located and what resources they will need.
Step 5. Mapping
Creating a map that contains all information gathered in steps 1 through 4 can help you better understand the scope of your community's situation, and allow you to set priorities and assign roles to the members of your team. For each threat or risk:
Print out a map of your community
Draw a line around the areas likely to be affected by the risks you've identified
Identify resources in or near the affected area, including health centers, available shelter space, equipment and community organizations with specific skills such as translation services.