An Aero Methow Rescue Service Program


Hayley Riach

About Map Your Neighborhood

Have you attended a neighborhood leader training?

We would like to learn more about disaster readiness in our community.  The information you provide will help us build and strengthen disaster readiness in our community!

Can you help us out by answering some questions?

Prepared neighborhoods are more effective in their disaster response and have an increased capacity to be self-sufficient for the first 72 hours after a disaster.

The Map Your Neighborhood (MYN) program empowers neighborhoods to prepare for emergencies and disaster situations.  The program helps save lives, reduces the severity of injuries and trauma, and reduces property damage. 

In addition, working together as a team and contributing as an individual develops stronger communities and improves the quality of life in the community. 

The Benefits of Participating in Map Your Neighborhood

In a disaster, the neighbors living around you are your most immediate source of help. Traditional 9-1-1 responders (police, fire, medical, and utility) are quickly overwhelmed by demand. Knowing what to do in the first hour (THE GOLDEN HOUR) of a disaster response may save a life, reduce the severity of injuries, and reduce the amount of damage that you, your family and neighbors sustain.

Goal of Program

To prepare neighborhoods (generally 15-20 homes in urban areas, 6-7 in rural areas) to be self-reliant during the first hours of a disaster response when traditional 9-1-1 responders are overwhelmed by demand.

As a Participant, You Will:

1. Learn the 9 Steps to take immediately following a disaster to secure your home and protect your neighborhood.
2. Identify the skills and equipment each neighbor has that are useful in an effective disaster response.
3. Create a Neighborhood Map showing the locations of each propane tank (about 67% of house fires following disasters are caused by leaking gas); and the locations of each neighbor who may need extra help in a disaster, such as the elderly, persons with disabilities, or children who are home alone during certain times of the day.
4. Pick locations for a Neighborhood Gathering Site and Neighborhood Care Center.

Map Your Neighborhood (MYN) was developed by Dr. LuAn Johnson, first in Sunnyvale, CA and then in Seattle, WA. The program was implemented statewide by the State of Washington’s Emergency Management Division (EMD) in 2006. This award-winning program has proven its effectiveness. During the Nisqually (Seattle) Earthquake on February 28, 2001, 92% of 460 organized neighborhoods effectively responded utilizing the 9-Step Neighborhood Disaster Response Plan. More than 50 counties and cities in Washington State are in various stages of implementing MYN. States which have adopted MYN include Alaska, Oregon, California, Montana, Idaho, Kansas, Pennsylvania and South Carolina.

Map Your Neighborhood (MYN) is a program designed to help families and neighbors prepare for disasters.​  You should attend a training if you are interested in bringing the MYN program back to your neighborhood or if you just want to learn more about home disaster preparedness.  See below for more information on MYN.

Look for training dates in Spring 2019. Contact us for private neighborhood trainings!

Location:  Aero Methow Rescue Services, 1005 Hwy 20 Twisp

Please register in advance to secure a spot.  To Register:


or call 509-449-0069

or through our contact form

When you register, please leave us the following information:

-Names of who will be attending

-Your phone number

-Your physical address

-The Methow Valley neighborhood or area where you live

If you are interested in helping gather people for a "mini" training for your zone or neighborhood, please feel free to contact us at

Neighborhood Leader Training

A Program to Help You Bring Your Neighbors Together

For the Map Your Neighborhood Program

Upcoming Training