Thursday, September 13, 2018

National Preparedness Month Day 13--Volunteer

The way to learn survival skills and also learn how to function during a disaster is with hands-on training.  Note that this training doesn't often come during an actual disaster (in that case it would be called flying by the seat of your pants), however volunteering in your community will help you learn vital skills which will be useful during a disaster.  If you have the time--whether an hour a month or more--consider one (or more) of these useful volunteer opportunities:

  • Scouts (Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts)
  • Red Cross
  • Search and Rescue
  • Ham Radio Club (ARES/RACES)
  • Shooting Club
  • Fire Department (volunteer as an EMT and/or firefighter)
  • Department of Emergency Management
  • Homeless Shelter
  • Food pantry/free meal program
  • Hospital
  • FEMA
  • CERT Team
  • Public Health Department
  • Medical Reserve Corps
  • Public Parks/State Parks/National Parks
  • Non profits (outdoor organizations, etc)
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Citizen Corps
  • Medical Response Teams (Mercy Corps, Doctors Without Borders, etc)
  • Law Enforcement Reserve Program

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