You don’t have to know CPR, be able to lift a sandbag or have a lot of free time to be a valuable volunteer. The training is beneficial to you and your family. If you’re interested in getting involved, there are hundreds of ways you can help North Central Texas stay prepared and ready for any emergency, starting with:
Developing a household preparedness plan and emergency supply kit, knowing your hazards, staying alert to severe weather, and participating in crime prevention and reporting.
Supporting first responders, disaster relief groups, community safety organizations, local law enforcement, fire departments and emergency medical services. In times of catastrophic loss of life or property, people often rush to donate clothing and other items to survivors. Many relief organizations only accept cash, and the donations go unused. Check the procedures used by various organizations to know which donations will be most helpful and most likely to get to victims.
Take classes in emergency preparedness, response capabilities, first aid, CPR, fire suppression, and search and rescue procedures. When an actual emergency occurs, it’s time to take action. Be prepared to assess the situation at hand and use your common sense to take care of yourself and your loved ones. Seek out and follow directions from authorities at the scene of an emergency. During a large-scale emergency, you can also listen for official instructions through the media.
Citizen Corps: Uniting Communities- Preparing the Nation
The mission of Citizen Corps is to harness the power of every individual through education, training, and volunteer service. They pledge to make communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to the threats of terrorism, crime, public health issues, and disasters of all kinds. Citizen Corps promotes a range of measures for you to make your family, your home, and your community safer from the threats of crime, terrorism, and disasters of all kinds.
Fact: Currently, there are Citizen Corps Councils serving 78% of the total U.S. population. Visit www.citizencorps.com to search for active Citizen Corps Councils in your part of North Central Texas.
Want to Help?
If you’d like to take an active role in helping your community prepare for emergencies, join Citizen Corps. Get information at www.citizencorps.com
Citizens Fire and Police Academies
Local North Central Texas Fire and Police Departments offer classes to citizens interested in learning more about personnel and policies and taking an active role in helping to protect their communities. Class topics may include emergency medical training, communications, codes and hands-on training. To find an academy near you, contact your local police or fire department.