Well-trained volunteers can be extremely helpful to communities enduring or recovering from disasters. Citizens who wanted to help out recently showed up in droves at the Greater Columbus of the Red Cross to take part in a program that provided emergency preparedness skills, according to The Columbus Dispatch.
Training programs can help citizens prepare for disasters, minimizing the damage done during destructive events. The State University of New York at Canton recently held an educational session designed to teach community members how to get ready for crisis scenarios, according to the Watertown Daily Times.
Disasters can wreak havoc in many ways, from the natural devastation of tornadoes to the destruction that can follow from man-made machines running amok. Lawmakers in Minnesota are reviewing a proposal that would provide training to firefighters to help them handle oil-related emergencies, TwinCities.com reported.
Campus communities need to prepare for emergency situations and put effective measures in place before disaster strikes. In order to get a leg up on crises, the University of Southern California recently began its Community Emergency Preparedness Project, the Daily Trojan reported.
Disaster preparedness programs need to include procedures for maintaining communication during emergencies, whether through an alert and notification system or other means. Local administrators, crisis agency members and telephone service provider representatives met in McLean, Va., to discuss methods for getting ready for disasters, according to Inside Nova.