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Community Preparedness: Many Pieces with a Single Goal
During an emergency, many community agencies, departments organizations, and people come together to help others ‘weather the storm.’ These could include police and fire departments, public works, non-profit organizations, the Red Cross, elected officials, state and county emergency management agencies, and you.
That’s right. You. Citizens can be critical resources when it comes to community emergency response. First responders are not an unlimited resource, and they may not always be available to help you or your neighbors during a disaster. They could be helping others, or even prevented from helping at all by a downed bridge or a flooded roadway.
Are you ready to help yourself? Are you willing to pitch in with your neighbors, be professionally trained, and help emergency crews with neighborhood outreach, traffic control, search and rescue, animal response or others tasks?
There are many ways you can help make your community stronger, safer and more able to weather the storm. The first step is easy: Learn more about how your local officials are planning for emergencies, how to join or start a Community Emergency Response Team and other ways you can get involved.
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