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NEIGHBORHOOD ORGANIZING TIPS AND DIRECTIONS

A Street Contact is the heart of neighborhood communication.

What makes a great Street Contact?
  • You care about your neighbors.
  • You want to help your neighborhood and your family be safer.
  • Having a job and being busy does not keep great Street Contacts from acting – minor time is involved after street is set up.
  • You are just practicing being a good neighbor.
What does a Street Contact do?
  • Share information with neighbors on your street from other parts of or outside your neighborhood.
  • Share information from neighbors on your street to other parts of or outside your neighborhood.
  • Encourage neighbors on your street to watch out for and communicate with each other to help everyone be safer.
How does a Street Contact start?
  • Share your phone and email with neighbors on your street.
  • Show them a copy of the United Neighbors e-newsletter with crime stats from CMPD.
  • Tell them you will send them the newsletters, if they will share their info with you.
  • Ask if they would like to share their info with the other neighbors on the street or only with you.
  • Make a list of everyone who wants their info shared with neighbors on street and distribute it to those who are participating.
  • If someone has no email, find a communication buddy to print the news and take it to them to keep them informed and everyone safer.
  • Enter the emails on your computer in a “group” to send quickly and easily. 
  • Ask another Street Contact if you need help setting up a “group.”
  • To help you, special street maps are available from the United Neighbors editor, UnitedNeighbors@cmprepared.com.
How do you build a neighborhood of Street Contacts?
  • Start with one Street Contact on every street.
  • Each Street Contact finds a back-up Street Contact for their street, so there is a better chance of someone being there when needed.
  • Street Contact and back-up Street Contact would each work with the 6-10 neighbors closest to them.
  • Longer streets would have additional back-up Street Contacts.
  • All Street Contacts on a street would have the contact info for all neighbors even though they usually only work with their own 6-10.
  • Share list of all Street Contacts in neighborhood with all neighbors in that neighborhood to aid emergency cross-communication.
  • United Neighbors editor will create Street Contact list for you until you are ready to make your own, UnitedNeighbors@cmprepared.com.
What is a Key Contact and how do they function?
  • One Street Contact is also a Key Contact and having a back-up Key Contact is recommended redundancy.
  • Key Contact is center point of communication in and out of neighborhood as well as within neighborhood.
Neighborhood Growth Points
  • As neighborhood develops, Street Contacts may all be getting United Neighbors enewsletters directly from editor to share with neighbors.
  • When neighborhood is established, Key Contact will receive United Neighbors enewsletters and send to Street Contacts for sharing with neighbors.
  • Sending these newsletters helps keep Street Contact network in functioning condition to distribute alerts from police as well as internal neighborhood messages.
  • Established neighborhoods may choose to send an email blast to every neighbor, but these Street Contact networks serve a separate and valuable purpose.
  • Key Contact can ask for Street Contact help in making emergency phone out when message cannot wait until someone checks email and neighbors without email also need to know.
When would the Street Contact emergency cross-communication network operate in a neighborhood?
  • When Key Contacts are not available and messages need to get to neighbors ASAP, usually email, but sometimes by phone.
  • Two common examples are door-to-door solicitors and stray pets.
  • When the PD 911 Database Neighborhood phone book includes Street Contacts as well as Key Contacts, PD can call a Street Contact if they can’t reach a Key Contact.
IN A DISASTER THIS COMMUNICATION NETWORK IS THE BASIS FOR QUICK AND EFFECTIVE RESPONSE, WHICH CAN SAVE LIVES AND PROTECT PROPERTY.
  • Within 5 minutes Street Contacts can determine the state of all their neighbors and homes and request emergency assistance from Key Contact or Neighborhood Incident Command.
  • After emergency traffic has diminished, a roll call of Street Contacts can determine the state of the whole neighborhood as well as quickly sending messages out to some or all streets.
  • Contents of Family Disaster Preparedness Packet on www.cmprepared.com contain instructions and useful signs to download and print.
  • When there is no phone service, 2-way radio can be life-saving and should be investigated, identifying at least one radio operator on each street.