Get Involved: Quick Tips

  • Join a friend, neighbor, or family member’s personal support network. Personal support networks are teams of people, organized by an older adult or a person with a disability, to help them prepare for and respond to a disaster.
  • Invite family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers to learn practical skills with you. Knowing, for example, how to give first aid and perform CPR could save a life, including your own.
  • Talk to friends and family about seasonal flu vaccine, specifically, and personal health preparedness in general. Research by FEMApdf iconexternal icon shows that talking about preparedness increases the likelihood of others taking steps to get prepared.
  • Donate responsibly to make the most of your contributions. A financial contribution to a recognized volunteer organization active in disasterexternal icon is the most effective donation you can make to support survivors.
  • Contact your state and local public health departments to help with a Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER) and participate in readiness exercises.
  • Train with the National Weather Service (NWS) to become a NWS SKYWARN Storm Spotterexternal icon.
  • Rumor and misinformation can spread quickly during an emergency. Help to share factual and trusted information on social media. Friend and follow verified sources of reliable information on social media, such as your local and state public health departments and emergency management offices.
  • Join your workplace emergency team or start a CERT programexternal icon at work. CERT has trained about 600,000 volunteers nationwide.
  • Participate in disaster preparedness training and emergency response drills, such as the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drillsexternal icon.
Page last reviewed: October 1, 2020, 01:10 PM