It takes a village to be prepared for disasters

It takes a village to be prepared for disastersSeptember is National Preparedness Month. This year’s theme — “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can” — focuses on the goal to increase the number of individuals, families and communities that engage in preparedness actions at home, work, business, school and places of worship. Part 2 of a four-part series:

Comprehensive preparedness requires the whole community to participate, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency places tremendous value on communities that embrace a local Neighbors Helping Neighbors approach.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors empowers community leaders to involve and educate individuals from their community about simple steps to become more prepared.

Forty-six percent of individuals expect to rely a great deal on people in their neighborhood for assistance within the first 72 hours after a disaster. When the whole community comes together to respond to and help recover from these emergencies, we can often meet the needs of everyone.

The Neighbor Helping Neighbor approach seeks to support state and local agencies, civic organizations, faith-based groups and other community organizations that serve the whole community. FEMA works to provide these organizations with additional tools and preparedness training opportunities so they can become more prepared. This includes pointers on creating a Community Preparedness Toolkit.

KnoWhat2Do is a regional North Central Texas preparedness program that promotes Think, Prepare and Act strategies to enable your family to become prepared for any incident.

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