September is National Preparedness Month, and what better day to kick off our second week then September 11th. Although our Nation fell under attack on that day fifteen years ago, and many precious lives were lost, we owe it to the fallen and the survivors to all do our part to remain vigilant in our communities. Natural disasters and terrorist attacks cause many Americans to wonder how they can help prepare their communities. Being prepared goes beyond an Emergency Plan and a Go Bag, let’s take a look at preparing through service.
Through Citizen Corps, individuals can learn about opportunities to get involved and help build capacity for first responders. With proper training and education, civilian volunteers expand the resources available to states and local communities. Many partner organizations offer public education, outreach and training for free.
Community Emergency Response Teams
If the community you live in has a CERT, get involved, take some training courses and be prepared to act through service in times of need. If you don’t have one, seek those with strong ties in the community to get one started with you. CERT will train in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations. The mission of Citizen Corps is to harness the power of every individual through education, training, and volunteer service to make communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to the threats of terrorism, crime, public health issues, and disasters of all kinds. You can make a difference.
Veterans Active in Citizens Corps
Find veteran volunteer opportunities through Veterans Active in Citizens Corps.
American Red Cross
Get trained in CPR and basic first aid and volunteer to help mass care and sheltering operations at your local American Red Cross Chapter.
Medical Reserve Corps
Get trained and volunteer with Medical Reserve Corps to provide support during a public health emergency.
Neighborhood Watch and Volunteers in Police Service
Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster
Find a volunteer opportunity with a Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD).
Volunteer to support local fire departments through Fire Corps.
Civil Air Patrol
Civil Air Patrol recruits volunteers through local squadrons that support aerospace education, cadet programs and emergency services. This air auxiliary has been supporting missions since the 1940’s.
American Radio Relay League
American Radio Relay League supports the advancement of Amateur Radio Service and trains individuals interested in learning the skill of operating ham radios.
Meals on Wheels Association
Meals on Wheels Association of America and the MOWAA volunteers provide meals and essential disaster preparedness information to over one million seniors in the U.S. each day.
National and Community Service
If you’re unsure how to get involved in your community check out this website for volunteer opportunities around you.