You can take simple steps to be prepared for emergencies, get training in basic first aid, and volunteer to help local emergency responders. Here are some ways you can get involved through your local Citizen Corps Council:
Prepare yourself and your family: get a kit, make a family plan, and be informed about potential threats and emergencies. To learn more about how you can prepare, visit www.ready.gov.
Get connected to disaster volunteer groups through your Citizen Corps Council, so that if something happens, you can help in an organized manner.
Join a neighborhood watch group to help with crime prevention, terrorism awareness, and neighborhood emergency preparedness.
Learn about volunteer opportunities to support law enforcement through the Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) Program.
Volunteer with the Medical Reserve Corps to provide public health and medical support throughout the year and during emergencies.
Provide fire safety and prevention education in the community and help out at your local fire station through Fire Corps.
Help others get prepared, especially those with special needs.