Fires. Floods. Earthquakes. Heatwaves. Hurricanes. Landslides.

Resilience has never been more important — or more urgent. The ability to adapt, act and spring back is essential. Knowing your neighborhood before an emergency hits can help save lives as well as reduce injuries and property damage.

A Resiliency Map stores information about assets, resources and hazards and can be printed and housed offline. During the first few hours or days following an event, essential services are likely to be unavailable and people should expect to act on their own. These maps provide critical information to people during an emergency response, turning awareness into action.

Some of the useful features highlighted on a Resiliency Map may include fire hydrants, cisterns, shelters, construction sites and chemical hazard warnings posted outside gas stations, car repair shops and the like. Following an event, these maps can also be used to track damage.

The goal of the Resiliency Maps project is to build a replicable process that anyone can use to build their own maps.

It started life as a community project in San Francisco, with a small group of volunteers using tools to map the large, rapidly changing South of Market neighborhood with a view to the next earthquake.

Like us, you may have a group where tech savvy and time commitments can be at odds. We’ve tested out ways to make these maps using pencil and paper, smartphone apps, third-party tools and have written tutorials so you can try them out, too.

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