|Citizen Corps - 11 years later – are you prepared?|
|Written by Valley View Staff|
|Monday, 10 September 2012 12:48|
CARNATION/DUVALL – Hard to believe that 9/11 was 11 years ago.
Following those terrorist attacks, concerned Americans called for ways to make their communities safer, stronger and better prepared.
To capture the spirit of service that emerged throughout our communities, in January 2002 the President of the United States answered that call by launching Citizen Corps.
Citizen Corps was created to help coordinate volunteers who provide opportunities for people to participate in a range of measures to make their families, their homes, and their communities safer from the threats of natural and manmade disasters, crime, terrorism and emergencies of all kinds.
Carnation-Duvall Citizen Corps Council was started in 2002. And, just as then, whatever your interest or background, our Council has a program to help you cope with the next disaster or preparedness need.
Community Emergency Response Team – We have trained over 400 of your neighbors in CERT skills including disaster awareness, small fire suppression, light search and rescue, triage, disaster medical response and disaster psychology. The next CERT class starts September 17, 2012. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carnation-Duvall Medical Reserve Corps – 90 of your neighbors are on the CDMRC roster. Medical and non-medical volunteers are trained to respond to public health emergencies and to assist first responders during and after disaster.
If you want to make sure your retired or active medical experience is put to use when the roads are impassable and you can’t get to work, we want you; if you have no medical experience, but you want to help those that do, we want you, too.
Fire Corps – Concerned with protecting the community from wildfire? We work with www.Firewise.org. Firewise has been adopted by two local neighborhoods. They have become Firewise Communities. Check your neighbors for interest. We will help you start your group. Email email@example.com.
Map Your Neighborhood – MYN (http://www.emd.wa.gov/myn/index.shtml) is our adjunct to Neighborhood Watch. It is a proven way to network with your neighbors to share skills and resources in preparation for the next emergency. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Snoqualmie Valley Amateur Radio Club – SnoVARC covers the Snoqualmie Valley with repeaters enabling Hams to communicate with first responders and each other during an emergency. Good radios are relatively inexpensive. It is easy to get a license. Join the club. Go to www.snovalleyarc.org.
Preparing yourself and your home – go to www.ready.gov for tips on what to set aside for that “dark and stormy night;” it might last a few days or more. Start now. Make a plan; make a kit; be informed. Be prepared.
Can you financially support this worthy effort? We are an IRS-approved 501(c)3 non-profit organization (Tax ID 90-0068642).
Donations to us are tax-deductible, and we count on them to continue serving our communities. Make your donation payable to CDCCC, and send it to Carnation-Duvall Citizen Corps Council, P.O. Box 644, Carnation, WA 98014.
Check us out on the web at www.carnationduvallcitizencorps.org.