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Organize and Prepare Your Community

Our nation's emergency managers, firefighters, EMT/paramedics, law enforcement officers, search and rescue units and other emergency responders do an incredible job of keeping us safe. Notwithstanding, when responding to a major disaster, whether it be an earthquake or act of terrorism, it may be several hours, days, or in some cases weeks before government sponsored help may arrive. Immediate disaster response is the key to quick recovery and such a response often requires the resources of an entire community. In many disaster scenarios your community is going to be your first and best line of defense.

Each of us has a personal responsiblity to be prepared and to prepare our families for emergencies. As we embrace our personal responsibility to be prepared and prepare our families we will also contribute to the safety and security of our communities. We help to increase awareness and encourage partcipitation in disaster preparedness activities in our community. So get involved in your community today! Whether itís your home, your neighborhood, your place of business, or your school, you can take a few simple steps to prepare your community.

The four steps below will help you develop an emergency preparedness project in your community:

Step 1 - Identify Local Partners
Prepare yourself and indentify local partners that can help you get contected with your community.
  • Contact local chapters of citizen corps affiliates
  • Find local community programs that can help you prepare yourself
  • Work with local emergency responders to better prepare yourself and your community.
Step 2 - Build A Team
Building a team and hold regular meetings that community members can attend.
  • Establish regular house meetings
  • Develop a local social network
Step 3 - Set Goals and Develop a Plan
Set goals and develop a plan that will help community members prepare for an emergency or disaster.
  • Create evacuation and shelter plans
  • Learn what to expect from local government in case of a disaster
  • Set concrete goals
  • Track progress towards these goals
Step 4 - Serve Your Community
Providing ongoing service in your community is key to establishing and maintaining emergency preparedness.
  • Discover what hazards make affect your community
  • Explore local emergency response plans
  • Find out what you can do to help your community prepare
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