#natlprepmonth part 2: team up with neighbors.

According to a 2011 Citizen Corps survey, 46% of people expect to rely on their neighbors for assistance within the first 72 hours after a disaster. Considering that debris and weather often delay emergency responders, it’s up to private citizens to be prepared to help each other out. Today’s #DailyRevolution is to make a plan to help your neighbors and community.

Last week you created your personal emergency plan, so now we’re on to the second phase of the Ready campaign for National Preparedness Month. In the event of a disaster, below are a few steps to take to help your neighbors:

  • Learn skills you need to help yourself and others until medics, firemen, and other professional help can arrive. Get certified from your couch with an online class in CPR, first aid or emergency response (CERT). The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers Until Help Arrives training, with an instructor guide and student resources, as well as a cool interactive video.

  • Create a team of friends and neighbors and find out who may need extra assistance during an emergency. You can take FEMA’s Community Preparedness web course on October 15 to help get started. By joining a community group or creating your own team, you can volunteer together with emergency response professionals, take life saving skills training, and establish your evacuation plan in the event of an emergency or natural disaster. Check out the Community Preparedness toolkit as a guide to help you plan your first meeting or community preparedness project.

  • Plan for power. Talk with your gas and electric companies about utility safety, and learn where the meters are located in your home. Learn how to shut off gas and electricity in the event of a disaster.  Look into the costs of buying or renting portable generators for emergency power.

Disaster can strike at any time, so it’s on us to take personal responsibility to be prepared, get training in first aid and emergency skills, and volunteer to support local emergency responders and community safety. Not only will you feel empowered and connected to your community, but you will also be prepared.


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