If you have already taken steps to secure the safety of your family in an emergency, you might be in a position to lend a helping hand to an injured neighbor — a win-win for all.
Your local Carnation-Duvall Citizen Corps —friends and neighbors just like you — makes it fun and easy to do the right thing for your family and community.
Citizen Corps offers a class to learn FEMA-sponsored Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) skills such as small fire suppression, light search and rescue and disaster medical response. The Monday-evening classes start in Duvall, September 22, 2014.
Citizen Corps also guides you and your neighbors through Washington state Emergency Management Division’s Map Your Neighborhood (MYN) program, a way to identify common interests and helpful resources for preparing your neighborhood for an emergency. Get a group of neighbors together for a home meeting and email us to schedule a time for the 90-minute briefing.
If caregiving is what you can do or want to support, check out Carnation-Duvall Medical Reserve Corps (CDMRC). With about 100 members, half of whom have never been licensed, CDMRC volunteers stand ready to help with five remote Field Treatment Centers.
Citizen Corps also organizes Firewise Communities and has an active Snoqualmie Valley Amateur Radio Club. Check us out at www.carnationduvallcitizencorps.org.
Do you have first aid supplies and at least a 3-day supply of water — a gallon per person per day — and non-perishable food?
Pat yourself on the back! That could mean you will not be among the people overwhelming the local 9-1-1 switchboard with calls for help in the aftermath of a disaster. If you have yet to build a kit, get your school-aged kids involved in helping build one. They might love to do this sort of thing and could help keep the family on track to buy something each week to add to the kit. Access www.ready.gov for ideas.
Lastly, help us get out the word. Citizen Corps wants to speak with families who have benefitted from being prepared in an emergency—large or small. Your success could inspire others to follow your lead.
When you take steps to prepare your family for an emergency, you are being a conscientious family leader – and a good friend and neighbor.