National Preparedness Month: Week Two

Week 2, September 10-16: Plan to Help Your Neighbor and Community

Learn skills you need to help yourself and others until emergency responders can arrive. FEMA offers a web based training on what to do in life threatening situations called Until Help Arrives that teaches simple actions that can be done.

Another way to help your community is by joining your local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), which is based off of the idea of training individuals to be able to become first responders if a disaster occurs.

Know how to shut off your utilities, such as electric, gas, and water during a disaster.

Check on your neighbors, if safe to do so, during a disaster. Your neighbors are often the ones who will be able to help you the most during the initial stages of the disaster.

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