In the face of disaster, Americans come together with courage, compassion, and unity and ask, “How can I help?” There are many ways to get involved, especially before a disaster occurs. The whole community can participate in programs and activities to make their families, homes, and communities safer from risks and threats. Community leaders agree the formula for ensuring a safer homeland consists of volunteers, a trained and informed public, and increased support of emergency response agencies during disasters. Major disasters can overwhelm first responder agencies, and support from the community becomes an integral part of response efforts.
How to Help
- Volunteer to support disaster efforts in your community. Get trained and volunteer with the Nashua Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Many local faith-based and community organizations have programs active in supporting disasters too. Find out more about the Nashua CERT.
- Be part of the community planning process. Connect and collaborate with your Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC). Find out more about the Nashua LEPC.
- 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.
- Support major disasters by donating cash or goods which may help meet the needs of your community in times of disaster.
This represents only a few of the many ways that individuals and community organizations can get involved to help communities lessen, prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters. If you have additional ideas contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org