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Resilient Neighborhoods

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As part of the City's mission to foster connected, resilient neighborhoods, the Neighbors Connected Program is issuing monthly neighborhood challenges through September 2019. Submissions for the Neighborhood Challenges will be accepted all summer long.  See below for additional details.

Neighborhood Challenge

You and your neighbors can win a prize by filling out talent banks together! What is a talent bank, you ask?

  • A talent bank is a conversation starter. It is a tool to help you and your neighbors talk about needs and resources that may come in handy in the event of an emergency.
  • Talent banks are also flexible. Your whole neighborhood doesn't have to fill out a talent bank in order for it to make an impact. What's important is that you are taking the time to talk about potential emergencies with people who live near you. Together, you are identifying things you have (or need) that will help you survive and thrive.
  • Finally, talent banks serve as reminders. We live busy lives and most days disasters are far from our minds. By putting a completed talent bank on your fridge, you and your neighbors will remember the relationships you've built and the support you can provide one another in times of need.

So say 'hello' to your neighbors, gather for a game or a beverage, and join our summer talent bank challenge! Your neighborhood can win a prize and it's as easy as 1, 2, 3.

1.  Download the Neighborhood Talent Bank or pick up a copy at City Hall 3rd Floor Reception.
2. Get together with your neighbors and fill out your talent banks.
3. Email the following to neighborhoods@arvada.org:

  • The name of your neighborhood
  • The answers to these questions
    • How many households filled out a talent bank?
    • What was the most interesting thing you learned while talent banking with your neighbors?

All submissions will be entered to win a monthly prize.

What is a Resilient Neighborhood?

A resilient neighborhood is one that can survive, adapt, and thrive in the face of change. In the event of a disaster it is very likely that your first responders will be your neighbors and other community members who are prepared to act.

Building resilient neighborhoods is an important part of the Neighbors Connected program and the City is here to partner with your neighborhood to help you get started. By participating in Neighbors Connected, you and your neighbors are taking a critical step towards being prepared and being resilient -- getting to know each other and building trust!

Get Involved

A resilient neighborhood begins with you. The City of Arvada offers a number of resilience-building programs and resources to help you and your neighbors get started. Below is a list of potential activities.

  • Meet with your Neighbors Connected group to identify a neighborhood emergency contact person and meeting point
  • Attend a Severe Weather Spotter training
  • Train with or join the Arvada Community Emergency Response Team (Arvada CERT)
  • Create home preparedness plans and emergency kits with your neighbors.
  • Create a “talent bank” with your neighbors to inventory special skills. Is someone in your neighborhood an EMT or nurse? Can someone speak multiple languages or use a HAM radio?
  • If your neighborhood group is interested in something specific that is not on this list, please contact the City of Arvada’s Community Resilience Coordinator.

Contact

Community Resilience Coordinator Enessa Janes, ejanes@arvada.org