Be a Local Hero
- There are many ways to get involved especially before a disaster occurs.
- Everyone can participate in programs and activities to make 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.
- Pitching in to help your community prepare for the next disaster has a very large impact, the kind that can make you a local hero.
- Major disasters can overwhelm first responder agencies, empowering individuals to lend support.
- Volunteer to support disaster efforts in your community.
- Get trained and volunteer with a Community Emergency Response Team, Medical Reserve Corps unit, Fire Corps unit and/or other Citizen Corps affiliate organization.
- Citizen Corps brings together the power of individuals 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.
- Citizen Corps has many affiliates that offer communities resources for public education, outreach, and training; represent volunteers interested in helping to make their community safer; or offer volunteer service opportunities to support first responders, disaster relief activities, and community safety efforts.
- Many local faith-based and community organizations have programs active in supporting disasters too.
- Be part of the community planning process.
- Connect and collaborate with your local emergency planning group, Citizen Corps Council or local emergency management agency.