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We are building a model for community self-reliance by practicing what to do in various emergency situations, sharing practical skills, connecting with our neighbors, and we invite you to join us. 

Possible situations: 

  • Snow or ice storm 

  • Power outage

  • Extreme heat

  • Neighborhood lockdown / police action 

  • Uprising with military / police action 

  • Internet is down 

  • Food shortages / supply chain issues

  • SEPTA strike 


Think of: 

  • Food and water

  • Communications 

  • Transportation and accessibility

  • Health and medical 

  • Shelter

  • Other staple and practical items 


Consider prep for situations that last 2 days, 2 weeks, 2 months, or even longer.


Use our Organizer's Guide to build a network with your neighbors (click here to access it for free)


COMMUNITY ORGANIZING is where people who live in proximity to each other come together to act in their shared self-interest.

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS is planning ahead for situations including but not limited to weather-related disasters or economic crises. It is preparing supplies and action plans, and building a network for “weathering the storm,” to save lives and keep people in Germantown.

COMMUNITY SELF-RELIANCE is crafting locally-relevant solutions, building new systems and ways of doing things, and, as communities, providing for ourselves. Community self-reliance means that if the systems we usually rely upon fall apart, your community has what it needs.

GREAT’s approach here is a combination of these terms. We believe this culture shift will build greater community resiliency, so that whatever comes our way, we have the experience and the support network to handle it.

To get started… Know your neighbors! 


  • Host a barbeque, host a conversation about emergency preparedness

  • Know who’s who and where they live

  • Know who has medical issues

  • Know who has a generator

  • Know if there are any health care professionals, herbalists, plumbers… 

  • Prepare a phone tree / communication directory (not limited to phone or internet access) 

  • Pool resources to grow and store food together 

Share your ideas and success stories with the community: www.facebook.com/groups/WeAreAllWeNeed

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