September is National Preparedness Month.
The theme for week four is Get Involved in Your Community’s Preparedness.
There are several ways to get involved in preparedness for your community.
- Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) trains volunteers to prepare for the types of disasters that their community may face. You may not have a local CERT team or training, but it is good training if it is in your area. Find your local CERT: https://community.fema.gov/Register/Register_Search_Programs
- Learn about the hazards most likely to affect your community and their appropriate responses. Most cities and counties are required to have an all hazards mitigation plan, which will list the hazards that your local government believes are most likely in your area.
- Most every community has voluntary organizations, like the Lower Valley Assembly, a county posse, or local Red Cross, that work during disasters.
- Take classes in lifesaving skills, such as CPR/AED and first aid.
- Check in with neighbors to see how you can help each other out before and after a storm. You can download an OK/HELP sign to help with that purpose.
- If you have a disability, plan ahead for accessible transportation that you may need for evacuation or getting to a medical clinic. Work with local services, public transportation or paratransit to identify accessible transportation options. www.ready.gov/disability