Infographic: Prepare for Everywhere - Neighborhood Preparedness
Prepare for Everywhere: Neighborhood Preparedness
Planning before an emergency is the best protection for your family and community.
- Healthy communities more quickly and easily recover from disasters.
- These communities:
- Have a High Vaccination Rate
- Have Access to Medical Care
- Practice Healthy Behaviors
- Provide Mental Health Resources
Engage Your Community
- Start talking preparedness!
- 53% of people receive preparedness information through conversations with neighbors, friends, or family.
- Meet Your Neighbors
- Know who may need assistance during an emergency.
- Create a community network to share updates on events and emergencies in your area.
- After a disaster, check on your neighbors to make sure they are safe.
Think about emergency preparedness in every part of your community
- Place of Worship
- Create an emergency preparedness group to lead emergency planning.
- Talk to your local or state health department about becoming a triage center to distribute medical supplies and medication during an emergency.
- Develop a plan for sheltering people during an emergency.
- Practice emergency response drills for different disasters.
- Talk to parents about emergency communication during a disaster.
- Share important emergency preparedness and illness prevention information.
- Mobile and Online
- Join emergency alert networks that can send notifications directly to your computer and phone.
- Talk to friends and family about different online or social media networks that you can use to let people know you are safe after a disaster.
- Stay in touch! Teach loved ones how to text and use social media before a disaster strikes.
The First Responder is You
The true first responders in any emergency are the everyday people living and working in their communities.
- First Aid: Take training in first aid, CPR, or AED. Knowing how to spot symptoms and perform emergency aid can save a life.
- Donating Blood: 1 pint of blood can save up to 3 lives. Donate and help your community.
- Lend a Helping Hand: Help your community or neighbors clean up after a disaster, and reach out to those around you to provide emotional support. Disaster can be stressful, having someone to talk to can help.
- Volunteer: Become involved in your community’s emergency preparedness, contact your local:
- CERT Team
- Medical Reserve Corp
- Red Cross chapter
- Local community preparedness groups
For more information visit: emergency.cdc.gov/preparedness
- Page last reviewed: November 21, 2016
- Page last updated: November 21, 2016
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