Activity 3: Define Community Borders

[three_fourth_one_fourth]As you begin your journey to become a more disaster resilient community, you need to know where to focus your attention, who should be involved in this process, and what and who belongs to your community. Defining its boundaries is the first step in getting a clear picture of your community.

This activity can be as simple as drawing or acquiring a regional map and outlining the boundaries your team agrees on as your area of focus. Considerations might be:

  • fire or policing district coverage,
  • neighbourhoods or residences beyond community borders,
  • hunting and fishing grounds
  • possibly, nearby communities.
  • boundaries of reserve land or traditional territories.

Your team may choose to develop a more elaborate map. This may include identifying specific areas or zones in your community that may be more vulnerable to different hazards. Or, it may include adding drawings, photos or words that indicate specific aspects of your community, such as assets, vulnerabilities and key features (such as buildings, organizations, rivers, bridges, roads) identified through the information collection process. This type of map provides a rich way to keep community members informed about your findings.

mapFor more information about defining community boundaries and using maps, click on the resource link on the top right side of this page.
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