Disaster Preparedness Planning Toolkit from Enterprise Community Partners

Members | September 24, 2015

Enterprise Community Partners has developed Ready to Respond: Disaster Staffing, a robust and customizable toolkit specifically for multifamily housing providers nationwide.

Enterprise Community Partners has developed Ready to Respond: Disaster Staffing, a robust and customizable toolkit specifically for multifamily housing providers nationwide. 

The free, user-friendly toolkit includes videos, guides, worksheets, and checklists to help housing organizations prepare to respond before a disaster strikes. 

The Ready to Respond: Disaster Staffing Toolkit guides affordable multifamily housing organizations in developing comprehensive disaster plans. 

It is based on the Incident Command System (ICS), a planning framework used by federal, state, and local first-responder agencies to help structure command, control and coordination of disaster response. 

By modeling their plans on this standard, housing organizations draw on best practices and align their protocols and response timelines with key public agencies, while sharing a common language to describe preparedness efforts.

The online resource includes over 230 pages of checklists, worksheets and templates, as well as instructive materials to educate members of the disaster response team and stakeholders, and key leaders who will need to be engaged in order for this effort to be successfully integrated into community and/or organizational protocols. 

Developing a Preparedness Plan 


A 45 min video outlines the resources available in the tool that can help organizations begin to dive into the process of developing a preparedness plan, understand the responsibilities of the Emergency Preparedness Coordinator (EPC) and identify individuals for various Disaster Response Roles. 

This video is highly recommended for affordable housing owners and operators, housing directors, asset managers and those interested in disaster preparedness planning. 

Slides from the presentation provide a quick overview of all the free, online disaster planning resources that Enterprise has made available as well.  

Self Assessment: Preparedness

To accompany the toolkit, Enterprise also developed “Are You Ready to Respond?,” an organizational self-assessment for emergency readiness.