Preparedness begins with individuals and families, schools and businesses taking basic steps (Prepare a Plan, Make a Kit and Be Informed) to lessen the impact of emergencies and disasters on life, property and assets.
Communities prepare in much the same way. They rely on relying on the same principles to develop and test strategies, evaluate resource needs and availability, and perform threat assessments in an effort to become all-hazards ready.
Additionally, civic preparedness is rooted in advocacy and outreach focused on education and appreciation for emergency preparedness. Local fairs and events like National Preparedness Month in September, a federal initiative intended “to increase public awareness … and encourage individuals to take action,” kindle public interest and involvement in preparedness activities. Occasions like these contribute to the collective preparedness of a community.
Community readiness is further strengthened when citizens give of themselves. Arizonians can volunteer for emergency response and relief training with any number of civilian service groups, including Citizen Corps and the American Red Cross (ARC).
Most emergencies are managed at the local level, but it takes everyone doing their part to respond and recovery quickly. Consider the information contained within the below links and help prepare your neighborhood, city or county by making plans of your own.
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