Community can be a huge benefit in times of stress and disaster. If you know your neighbors and have a community disaster plan in place, you can help each other avoid disaster and weather the storm surrounded by a caring community. If you have never considered involving yourself in community disaster-preparedness, This month’s National Preparedness Month is the perfect time to start!
The Importance of Community Involvement
Community is important on all levels. We need community for social interaction, support, friendship, and business success. As humans, we all have a desire and need for interaction with other humans.
During a disaster, there is no difference. Community can provide many benefits that you could not find on your own during any emergency. Consider joining a community preparedness program for the following reasons:
- Access to community safe zones during emergencies
- Support from others dealing with the same problems
- Resources to help prepare for any local disaster
- Protection from anonymity and awareness that others are looking out for you
Starting Your Own Community Disaster Preparation Group
Not all communities have disaster preparedness groups. You can check with your local government office to find out if there is a preparedness group in your local community. If not, consider starting one in your own community. There are hundreds of benefits that you and your neighbors can receive from a community disaster group, such as special disaster plans specific to your local area, agreed-upon disaster strategies that benefit the community, the protection of neighbors looking out for neighbors, strategic planning and disaster resource collection all in one place, and much more.
Helping Others Prepare for Future Disaster
Even if you do not want to start an official preparedness group, you can still help others in your community prepare for disaster. This could be as simple as sending out flyers to help your neighbors discover the importance of advanced preparation, or as involved as putting together emergency kits with your neighbors or friends. You can even volunteer at disaster organizations like the Red Cross to help others in your community prepare for any disaster.
Planning for Disaster With Your Friends and Family
Planning for disaster is important for everyone. A community is stronger if all members are prepared for any emergency together. This prevents natural disasters from turning into human disasters, with fighting or loss of life. You can prevent some of the side effects of natural disasters by joining community preparedness efforts, which is an extremely worthy cause.
Have you ever helped with community preparation efforts? What community disaster plans are in place in your community?