Community involvement can be crucial for reducing the potentially catastrophic effects of disasters. A California-based volunteer group is working to increase Oakland residents' preparedness for emergency situations, according to Inside Bay Area News.
Both government and private organizations take steps to prepare for crises, but citizen participation is also crucial. A Pennsylvania based organization is starting a program that seeks to promote community involvement in emergency preparedness efforts, according to Trib Live.
Extreme weather conditions can wreak havoc on communities when they are caught off-guard. At a recent meeting, New Hampshire officials discussed how their city handled the area's latest winter onslaught and ways that response capabilities could be improved for future incidents, according to the Pelham Reporter.
One of the worst disasters that can strike a community is a pandemic of a harmful or lethal disease and preparing for such scenarios is key to minimizing their impact. To get ready for a potential outbreak, volunteers in Wayne County, Mich., recently participated in a training exercise, Observer & Eccentric reported.
To stay on top of the demands of emergency preparedness, organizations nationwide offer programs for volunteers interested in learning crisis management skills. The Red Cross recently held a program in Colorado that concentrated on getting attendees ready to face potential disasters, The Gazette reported.
One of the ways to get ready for unexpected peril is to conduct disaster response training for volunteers. Fairfield, Conn., is doing just that with its recently announced Community Emergency Response Team program that will start in March, according to Fairfield Patch.