During this fourth week of National Preparedness Month, we’re focusing on community involvement, specifically how to get involved on a community level with disaster preparedness. Many communities have voluntary organizations that are activated during disasters. You can find out more from the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster. It is an association of organizations that mitigate and alleviate the impact of disasters and fosters more effective delivery of services. Community Emergency Response Teams train volunteers to prepare for the types of disasters that their community may face.
In terms of fire emergencies, you can prepare your community with these Fire Prevention Week “must-haves.” In addition, NFPA’s Get Ready! Preparing Your Community for a Disaster includes fact sheets firefighters, first responders, and others can use in times of crisis or to prepare in case of one.
For ideas for getting young people involved in preparations in case of a wildfire or flooding, check out the latest blog from my colleague, Megan Fitzgerald McGowan.