Help Out Locally
For our last week of National Preparedness Month we will be talking about how important it is to prepare for disasters as a community. This preparation can happen on a small or large scale, but it is important nonetheless.
What Disasters Effect Your Community
One of the first things that you can do when working on community preparedness is figure out what kind of disasters can effect your community. Here at IFS we are located in Rocklin, CA. The five disasters that we think are important to prepare for in our area are; active shooters, earth quakes, extreme heat, home fires, and wild fires.
Ready.org lists the following as different disasters to prepare for:
- Active Shooter
- Attacks in Public Places
- Chemical emergencies
- Extreme Heat
- Hazardous Materials Incidents
- Home Fires
- Household Chemical Emergencies
- Landslides & Debris Flow
- Nuclear Power Plants
- Power Outages
- Radiological Dispersion Device
- Severe Weather
- Snowstorms & Extreme Cold
- Space Weather
- Thunder & Lightning
Depending on where you live and work you may have 5 different disasters to plan for. But, once you decide on which disasters can affect your community, it is important to understand how to prepare for each one individually. Ready.gov has in depth information about all of these disasters that can help you start planning.
How to Help Your Community
Once you have identified the different types of disasters that can wreak havoc on your community it is time to decide how you can help your community before, during, and after these disasters.
One easy way is to become CPR/AED certified. The Red Cross has certification courses all over the county. They have both online and online + classroom options depending on your schedule and style of learning. The classroom only class is a 6 hour class. While the online + classroom option is only 1 hour in classroom class, with a little over 2 hours of online class time. Having your CPR/AED certification will allow you to always be prepared to help save someone no matter where you are or what disaster you are facing.
Another way to help your community in the event of a disaster is to volunteer. There are so many different organizations that can use your help before, during, and after a disaster. Ready.org recommends going to NVOAD.org (National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) to find a place to volunteer or donate.
Sometimes when people think about helping in a disaster their minds go straight to how they can help on a large scale. While helping on a large scale is good, sometimes it is more efficient to help on a smaller scale. Helpful small acts can actually be a big help, like:
- Making sure your office has an emergency evacuation plan.
- Checking in with your elderly neighbor to make sure that they have enough supplies during a power outage.
- Donating warm coats and blankets to homeless shelters.
All of these make a big impact on your local community, even if they do not feel like grand gestures.
-The IFS Team