Media & Community Education Ideas

  • Meet with your neighbors to plan how the neighborhood could work together after a disaster until help arrives. Working with neighbors can save lives and property. If you're a member of a neighborhood organization, such as a homeowner's association or crime watch group, introduce disaster preparedness as a new activity. Check with your local fire department to find out if they offer Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training.
  • Know your neighbors' special skills (for example, medical, technical) and consider how you could help neighbors who have special needs, such as disabled and elderly persons.
  • Identify elderly and disabled people in the neighborhood. Ask them how you can help if a disaster threatens (transportation, securing the home, getting medications, etc.).
  • Make plans for child care in case parents can't get home.