In the face of disaster, Americans come together with courage, compassion and unity and ask, “How can I help?”
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Get Involved Especially Before a Disaster Occurs
The whole community can participate in programs and activities to make their families, homes and communities safer from risks and threats. Community leaders agree the formula for ensuring a safer homeland consists of volunteers, a trained and informed public and increased support of emergency response agencies during disasters. Major disasters can overwhelm first responder agencies, empowering individuals to lend support.
So Get Involved before disaster strikes! Here are a few ways you can help:
This represents only a few of the many ways that individuals and community organizations can Get Involved to help communities lessen, prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters. If you have additional ideas or success stories, you may share them by contacting us or posting them on http://community.fema.gov.
For additional opportunities that may be unique to your community, contact your local emergency management agency or Citizen Corps Council in your area.
Volunteer with Community Organizations
Hurricane Katrina and the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001 caused many Americans to wonder how they can help prepare their communities.
Through Citizen Corps, individuals can learn about opportunities to get involved and help build capacity for first responders. With proper training and education, civilian volunteers expand the resources available to states and local communities. Many partner organizations offer public education, outreach and training for free.
For more information on any of the above programs see Citizen Corps' Partner Programs and Affiliate Programs.