There goes the neighborhood: Ready for Anything Impact Centers
“Resilient Neighborhoods: Ready for Anything” is a bold vision bringing together a diversity of sectors, resources and programs offering a holistic readiness model preparing homes and neighborhoods for natural disasters, climate change and other stresses in our community.
Millions of individuals have joined Survivalist Movements to get their homes for shocks and stressers. We want to provide an alternative to this movement – one that values social cohesion and neighborhood sharing over prepping for the zombie apocalypse by yourself (which we are also preparing for!).
Our vision is to create a program that provides a framework bringing together various existing home/neighborhood resiliency projects and programs; including opportunities for various sectors (grassroots/government) and groups working on resilience (climate action/”traditional” disaster prep) so that residents understand the overlapping actions of growing food, conserving water and building communities helps both combat climate change and prepare for disasters; and share stories about resilient neighborhoods. The program includes:
- Resource guides, to guide individuals in creating Ready for Anything Homes.
- Funding to develop Impact Centers and prioritizing marginalized communities, including resources for infrastructure and community organizing. Our vision is that local governments and private donors will help to support Impact Centers.
- Support for on-the-ground activities through our partners, including garden and water conservation work parties and neighborhood assessment tools
- Save Water: greywater, rain water catchment, drip irrigation
- Grow Food: Edible landscaping, from food forests to
- Go toxin-free: no or low-VOC paints, green cleaning products
- Save Energy: double-pane windows, solar panels, bike riding, electric cars
Sample Disaster Preparedness Features
- A robust supply of water, food and supplies on hand for earthquakes and other disasters
- An emergency plan for when a disaster does hit
- Carbon monoxide detectors, fire extinguishers, first aid kits and other products ready for use
- Hosting regular opportunities for neighbors to get together, from block parties to neighborhood play dates
- Promoting neighborhood sharing, from tools to cars
- Working on projects together to support neighborhood placemaking, including intersection repair and garden work parties
Resources from our Partners
- Shareable.net host guides for neighborhood sharing. Some of our favorites are sharing yards and childcare coops
- Rooted in Resilience has developed a community resilience toolkit to facilitate assessments of community resilience in neighborhoods and communities.
- Transition U.S. offers a comprehensive program called Transition Streets, a 6-part series about working with neighbors to reduce their carbon footprint
- Planting Justice (East Bay) can come in and help you transform your yard into an abundant edible landscape and living classroom for you and your friends and family to learn permaculture techniques and bio-intensive organic gardening
- Daily Acts: their homegrown Programs build household and community self-reliance by transforming our homes and landscapes into productive, resilient ecosystems. They also support the installation of home-scale greywater and rainwater harvesting systems, facilitate sustainability tours, offer presentations to businesses, affect local and state policy and work with schools.
- NuMundo is a platform that connects people to transformative educational experiences around the world, facilitated by an interconnected network of land-based regenerative education centers (ie, “impact centers.”
- Ana-Marie Jones is an expert in disaster preparedness and dynamic speaker offering valuable lessons in social cohesion and being prepared for earthquakes and other disasters.
Examples of Resilient Hubs
PLACE for Sustainable Living (1164 64th Street in West Oakland) is a public-serving, experiential learning center to showcase and foster sustainable living practices, urban homesteading, community resiliency & preparedness, social justice and artistic expression.
Soul Flower Farm is a small biodynamic farm based in El Sobrante, committed to aid in the generation of Social Equality through vocational empowerment and regenerative design. We offer a range of classes, including holistic health and permaculture design.