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Tips: Community Preparedness

Learn About It

Talk About It

  • Host a house meeting with your family, neighbors, co-workers, and faith-based colleagues.
  • Get in touch with your local emergency management agency, fire department, police or sheriff’s department, EMTs/paramedics, or other emergency responders to send an expert to come speak at your event.
  • Create an event that promotes safety and preparedness and raises awareness.
  • Sponsor a forum, like a town hall meeting that encourages people from throughout the community to discuss disaster preparedness and response and to exchange information and ideas.

Act on It

  • Help prepare friends and family. Visit the websites of organizations and government programs like, Are You Ready?, and the National Safety Council to learn more about how you can prepare for and respond to disaster. Visit the website of the Home Safety Council to learn how you can make your home safer for you and your family.
  • Get started by finding Citizen Corps Councils and programs near you by entering your zip code at
  • Volunteer with one of the National Citizen Corps partners or affiliates
  • Participate in crime prevention and reporting.
  • Take classes in lifesaving skills, such as CPR/AED and first aid, or in emergency response, such as CERT.
  • Volunteer to support first responders, disaster relief groups, and community safety organizations.
  • Work with parent-teacher organizations to discuss how you can support their emergency plans and drills. The Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools and Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools will have information on school emergency preparedness and response.
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