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Using Technology to Stay Safe in the Face of Winter Weather

With Winter Storm Juno battering the East Coast, burying cars and homes alike in up to several feet of snow, it can be tempting to stay close to the fire and relax. But winter weather can pose a threat to those who may be caught unprepared.

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Happy Holidays!


From all of us at Nextdoor, we hope you have a very merry and bright holiday season. We’re thrilled to have played a small role in helping more than 48,000 neighborhoods connect and communicate this year, and look forward to many more in 2015 and beyond!

Happy holidays,
The Nextdoor Team

Discover the Best Holiday Spots with Nextdoor’s New Holiday Cheer Map

The holiday season is officially upon us: light displays are sparkling, tree lots are popping up, and little ones are anxious to share their wish lists with Santa. Wondering where the best spots are in your city to spread holiday cheer? Look no further than Nextdoor’s new Holiday Cheer Map!

Designed specifically to help neighbors share and discover new, beloved, or popular festivities in their local communities, the Holiday Cheer Map allows Nextdoor members everywhere to pin festive icons on the map to let their neighbors know the cheeriest spots for the holidays.

Members can add details, a photo, and other description of the spot in various categories, including lights and displays, places to give back, activities and events, tree lots, and Santa sightings to share with their neighbors.

iphone_white_cheer_legend (1)And the holidays will certainly be merry and bright this year, since the spots are curated by those who know the area best: your neighbors!

Follow these simple steps to use the Holiday Cheer Map:

  1. Nextdoor members can sign in to their accounts. If you are not yet a member, you can sign up and verify your address to ensure you don’t miss out on the fun:
  2. Once signed in, visit your neighborhood map and hit “Add new spot.” Search for the address of the location you would like to add on the map and select the category. Members can include a description of the spot and even a photo!
  3. Share the map on other social media websites and encourage your neighbors and friends to participate so you’ll know exactly where the holiday cheer is in both your neighborhood and city.


No matter how you’re celebrating the holidays this season, Nextdoor’s Holiday Cheer map is the insider’s guide to the most festive spots not only in your area.

From all of us at Nextdoor, we hope you spread the holiday cheer this season!

A Tale of Two Coasts: The San Francisco Fire Department and the Norfolk Police Department Join Nextdoor

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This morning, the Norfolk Police Department officially turned to neighborhood social networking to help fight crime. At a press conference led by Chief Michael Goldsmith, the Norfolk Police Department announced a partnership with Nextdoor to help neighborhoods across Norfolk connect, communicate, and stay safe.

“Nextdoor is part of our strategy to leverage whatever we can to connect with our residents,” says Chief Goldsmith. “We don’t solve anything without some sort of community input. This is just another avenue for that.”

Already more than 45 neighborhoods, representing 80% of the City of Norfolk, are using Nextdoor to keep their neighborhoods safe. Local Nextdoor Leads and Founding Members Barbara King and Andrew Flynn were in attendance to help celebrate the partnership.

“It’s just the best way to communicate,” says Barbara.

Over on the West Coast, the San Francisco Fire Department officially joined Nextdoor to share preparedness and safety tips from the Department’s key programs and divisions with San Francisco residents.

“We are excited to continue to strengthen our connections in neighborhoods,” said Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White. “We want to contribute to an informed community, especially knowing that this will make us stronger after an emergency.”

More than 180 San Francisco neighborhoods – representing more than 95% of the city – have launched Nextdoor websites.

The San Francisco Fire Department joins other San Francisco agencies already on Nextdoor, including the Office of Emergency Management, the Film Commission, and the Neighborhood Empowerment Network (NEN).

Interested in connecting with your local government on Nextdoor? Contact us here.