Every year, nearly 200 million people are impacted by natural disasters, another 99,000 are killed, and over $162 billion a year is spent on the emergency situations they create – a staggering impact that is just the beginning of the far reach of natural disasters. Serious injury, displacement, loss of family, and even the effects PTSD are just a few of the traumatizing results that can be felt long after the disaster itself.Sam Jacobs emails that the CERT teams have a new website here and there's a larger concept called Citizens Corps:
The mission of Citizen Corps is to harness the power of every individual through education, training, and volunteer service to make communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to the threats of terrorism, crime, public health issues, and disasters of all kinds through:Yes, Ammo.com is in the business of selling ammunition, but their guide does provide a public service and I urge you- even those of you who are anti-gun - to take a look at their guide. A few tips in it may save your well-being.
Preparing the public for local risks with targeted outreach
Engaging voluntary organizations to help augment resources for public safety, preparedness and response capabilities
Integrating the whole community and integrates nontraditional resources to ensure disaster preparedness
The Citizen Corps program includes a national network of over 1,200 state, local, and tribal Citizen Corps Councils bring together local government, business, and community leaders who work to prepare their communities for disaster and to make them more resilient. Councils harnesses the power of every individual through education, training, and volunteer service to make communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to the hazards and threats facing their community.
Further, I encourage you to get involved in organizations that prepare for and respond to disasters, including the Rad Cross, Team Rubicon, and the many great church run groups like the Baptist Men, Salvation Army, etc.
And I was not compensated in any way for linking to their site, if you were wondering.