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Resilient Neighborhoods

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As part of the City's goal to strengthen neighborhood connections, the Neighbors Connected Program is issuing monthly neighborhood challenges through September. Submissions for the Neighborhood Challenges will be accepted all summer long.  See below for additional details.

Neighborhood Challenge

Did you know that you and your neighbors are a superheroes in disguise? Strong social connections make our community stronger in times of crisis.  Each challenge encourages neighbors to gather and fill out a “talent bank” together in order to identify shared resources, assets, and needs in their neighborhoods. So put on your capes, rally your neighbors, 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 the Talent Bank
3. Email the following to neighborhoods@arvada.org:

  • The name of your neighborhood
  • A photo of the completed Talent Bank
  • The answers to these questions
    • How many households filled out the Talent Bank?
    • What was the most interesting thing you learned about your neighbors/neighborhood?

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 your first responders will most likely 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