National Preparedness Month: Week Four

Week 4 September 24-30: Get Involved! Be a Part of Something Larger!

     There are a lot of different ways you can volunteer, whether it be through the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), different organizations in your area, such as the American Red Cross and Salvation Army, or sharing preparedness info with your friends, classmates, church congregation, and others in your community and encouraging them to become prepared. Some opportunities are listed below:

     Sign up to volunteer with the American Red Cross’ Home Fire Campaign through September 23 – October 15, 2017. The campaign focuses on educating people on home fire safety and installing free smoke alarms in homes that don’t have them.

     Spanning across West Virginia are several local CERT groups that provide training to members to help them learn how to help themselves, their families and others nearby during an incident, and how to provide assistance to first responders.

     The Medical Reserve Corps works to strengthen public health, reduce vulnerability, build resilience and improve preparedness, response and recovery capabilities in local communities. Activities that MRC volunteers do include increasing health literacy, supporting prevention efforts, eliminating health disparities and in emergencies they are able to increase local emergency planning and response capabilities

    You can also check out the West Virginia VOAD website for volunteer opportunities under the How to Help page.


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