Out of concern for the health and safety of our community, there will be no organized National Night Out in 2020. There are no permits for street closures or block party registrations this year. If small groups of neighbors choose to gather, the City of Shoreline encourages residents to wear masks, practice social distancing, and take all necessary precautions.
The City of Shoreline supports building deeper connections at the neighborhood level to create a safer, more responsive community.
In the last few months of the COVID-19 emergency, you may have gotten to know your neighbors better than you did before. On many Shoreline blocks, neighbors have reached out to help each other, offering to pick up groceries or check with people who live alone. They have helped build resilient neighborhoods, ones that can survive, adapt, and thrive in the face of change.
Getting to know each other and building trust is the first step. Next, you can learn about the skills in your neighborhood. In the event of a disaster such as an earthquake, it is likely that your closest neighbors will be your first responders. Does someone on the block speak multiple languages that can help translate? Do you live next door to a nurse or EMT? Is a neighbor tech savvy or handy with power tools?
Work with your neighbors to create a talent bank to inventory your block’s combined skills and resources. Download a Talent Bank worksheet template to start. Continuing to maintain social distance, talk with your neighbors when you see them outside. Or, if you have contact information, invite them to join the talent bank. Not all your neighbors may want to share personal information or be involved. Please respect their choice.
Once information is shared, make copies of the completed worksheet so every household can have one. These lists are confidential. They should not be distributed to anyone other than those who have agreed to participate.