Plan to Help Your Neighbor and Community

A load of evacuees in the back of a neighbor's monster truck after Hurricane Harvey. Photo by Michael Stravato for The Texas Tribune.

In any disaster, getting outside resources for help can take time due to overwhelming need and demand.  Learn skills you need to help yourself and others until help can arrive.

By taking simple actions immediately, you may be able to save someone's life.  Visit this site developed by FEMA to get trained on how you can help.  Additional options include:

  • Join a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) to learn how to safely respond to hazards around us and help organize basic disaster response
  • Learn more about the Citizen Corps - another program aimed to better prepare your community for disaster

Be sure to check on your neighbors. Forty-six percent of individuals expect they will rely on people in their neighborhood following a disaster.  Review here for how you can help your neighbors in times of disaster.

Talk with your Power Company about utility safety. Natural gas leaks can cause fires following disasters. Contact your local gas company to learn how to shut off your meter.

By tapping into the resources of America's PrepareAthon, you can work with your community to increase preparedness and know how to take action when disaster strikes.