There are many ways to be a preparedness example for family, friends, neighbors and coworkers. For example, you can give blood or take a basic first aid course and invite others to join you. Or you can simply share what you've learned about personal and family preparedness and find ways to involve others in the preparations. Talking about your plans with others helps grow the conversation and raise awareness about preparedness. Helping your neighbors empowers community leaders to involve and educate people in the community about the simple steps one can take to become more prepared.
The response to an emergency begins at the local level. Through volunteering, you can help build capacity for first responders and support agencies that serve the whole community.
Be part of the community planning process. Connect and collaborate with your local emergency planning group, Citizen Corps Council or local emergency management agency.
Join or start a preparedness project. Find an event or identify local resources, build a team, choose a project, set goals and serve your community by improving the preparedness of your friends, colleagues and neighbors.
When asked to do so, make cash and/or in-kind donations to reputable disaster relief organizations.