Spring 2019 we engaged neighbours in emergency preparedness through dialogue.
In May, Neighbour Lab hosted a resilient neighbourhood walk series in support of the City of Vancouver and BC Emergency Preparedness Week. Events were free, and took place in four communities across Vancouver. All neighbours, friends, and family were welcome to join.
At each event, neighbours were invited to participate in a guided walk around the neighbourhood to raise awareness about local threats, learn about community strengths and opportunities, share information about existing citywide and community initiatives, and begin conversations between neighbours around neighbourhood preparedness. The resilience walks focused on the potential outcomes of a 6.5 magnitude earthquake, and what the effects of such an event might look like considering the unique social and physical reality of each community. The walks were held at a slow pace, with time for conversation and many stops along the way.
After each walk, refreshments were provided and walkers were given the opportunity to design their own asset map, highlighting and sharing the strengths, resources, and skills that already exist within the community.