Exchange phone numbers/emails to discuss organizing with a few people
Pick a date for a meeting and a convenient meetinglocation (someone's
apartment, a local diner.)
Type up a memo to distribute to your neighbors inviting them to come.
Have an intermediate leader host the meeting and discussion
Pass around an attendance sheet for names, addresses, phone numbers,
Call people who came and talk more with them — find out who
would like to participate in a leadership capacity.
If a lot of people are involved, you can have an election for officers.
If few come, appoint each other until you grow. (Somebody has to take
Start creating the emergency response form for each neighbor to fill
out and give a place to return. (Use the form in this pamphlet as a
Organize your information. Decide whether to charge membership or
accept donations for printing, etc.
Create a newsletter or monthly memo to keep people informed and ask
Since 9/11, IPNTA has worked with other organizations, such as the
WTCResidents Coalition, set up an art therapy group, has begun organizing
a computer center for residents, and is involved in numerous other activities.