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Neighbourhood Preparedness

Here are some examples of activities to connect with your neighbours while planning and preparing for emergencies together:

  • Host a block or building party to get to know each other better
  • Create a neighbourhood map identifying resources, skills, people who may need extra assistance, and where to meet in an emergency
  • Arrange a first aid or rapid damage assessment course to learn together
  • Organize a sharing library for tools and resources for neighbours to share during emergencies and every day
  • Start a neighbourhood Facebook group, WhatsApp chat, newsletter, or bulleting board to stay connected and informed
  • Check out the Neighbourhood Preparedness Guide or Apartments and Condos Guide from PreparedBC to create a neighbours helping neighbours emergency plan
  • Apply for a Neighbourhood Small Grant or Richmond Neighbourhood Celebration Grant to fund a social event or place-making activity that helps brings neighbours together

Connect with Neighbours

Sometimes the hardest part can be getting started and reaching out to neighbours. Check out the ‘Get Connected’ handout to help! Complete one side with your information and drop them off to your neighbours to fill in their information. This can be the start of a neighbourhood contact list and a group of people to work on one (or all) of the above activities designed to connect and prepare neighbours.

Call 604-233-3333 or email to pick up some ‘Get Connected’ handout.

Request a Workshop

Emergency Preparedness Workshops for personal preparedness or Resilient Communities Workshops for neighbourhood level preparedness are offered virtually or in-person with COVID-19 precautions.

Call 604-233-3333 or email for more information.


Emergency Preparedness Week (EP Week) is a national event supported by Public Safety Canada, PreparedBC, and the City of Richmond. Each year EP Week falls on the first full week of May. This event aims to increase public awareness of emergency preparedness, and provide information and tools to take action to directly increase individual preparedness.

ShakeOut BC is an annual international event to practice the ‘Drop, Cover, and Hold on” earthquake drill. The event occurs annually on the third Thursday in October. For more information and to register now, visit

Volunteer Opportunities

The City of Richmond’s Emergency Programs Branch works together with local residents, agencies and businesses to increase Richmond’s level of emergency preparedness, as well as provide essential needs of people affected by a disaster. By volunteering, you have the opportunity to give back to the community during an emergency by assisting victims of fires, floods, and other major emergencies.  

The City of Richmond has partnered with the Canadian Red Cross to deliver Emergency Support Services (ESS) to Richmond residents displaced by fire and other emergencies. For more information on volunteering, and to apply, visit the Canadian Red Cross.