​​​​A “neighborhood” is defined as:Groups of homes and residents that are in close proximity to each other or are characterized by other factors that lead to a formation of a “local group”.  SSEPO has been working with residents in each of the neighborhoods to locate “Neighborhood Coordinators” (NC) within the defined South Skyline Neighborhoods.  SSEPO provides training to the NC’s to work with members of their own community to develop an emergency preparedness plan tailored to their neighborhood.

All neighborhood organization is local and according to the needs and wishes of the neighborhood.

Typically a neighborhood will have (but this can vary)

  • A private directory of the residents (google doc)
  • An email list of the residents (google groups or groups.io)
  • A phone tree for contacting the residents
  • Possibly GMRS or MURS radios for the neighborhood. GMRS is useful because it's cheap, doesn't require a ham license, and SSEPO has set up repeaters making it work across the region.
  • Neighborhood drills. 

During an actual emergency the email list and GRMS will often be the primary means of contact/discussion.

The NC provides, among other services, the following to their neighborhood:

  • Helps organize emergency communication channels, processes and procedures

  • Works with neighbors to develop emergency preparedness procedures appropriate to their community

  • Keeps neighbors up-to-date with training opportunities (local CERT classes, Red Cross training, local Ham Radio training, local exercises and drills)

  • Interfaces with the SSEPO Board and provides updated support requirements and needs from residents

  • Stays aware of local emergency equipment grants and funding opportunities for neighborhood equipment.  Select SSEPO Grant Policy for info on how a neighborhood, or organization, can obtain a SSEPO grant.

  • Supports neighborhood awareness of local emergency triage centers​​

  • Helps organize neighborhood involvement in fuel reduction projects in the neighborhood

You can learn more about how a neighborhood can prepare for different kinds of events, and how to organize communication in your neighborhood. A neighborhood coordinator should help facilitate all of these.

SSEPO has identified the following neighborhoods:

  • Heather Heights
  • Oakridge
  • Hwy 9 adjacent to Skyline Blvd  
  • Indian Rock Ranch  
  • Langley Hill   
  • Skyline Blvd south of Oakridge to Bear Creek Rd
  • Middleton Tract
  • Waterman Gap

The neighborhoods that have active Emergency Preparedness Organizations have links to get additional information about each Neighborhood Organization.

Not all identified neighborhoods currently have a Neighborhood Coordinator (NC).  If you are interested in becoming a neighborhood NC, please contact us at info@SSEPO.org   Here is a check list to help you get started on organizing your neighborhood: 
To Do Task List.

One important neighborhood project has been the GIS Mapping Project.  Please see GIS Mapping Results for information about what this project is and the status as of September, 2016.  SSEPO and the neighborhood coordinators continue to work with the fire departments on updating this information.