Not everyone is able to leave their home to prepare for a storm. Almost half of all American’s will need to rely on neighbors before and after a disaster hits. A little bit of empathy goes a long way, and complete community preparedness requires involvement from the entire community. Start planning now with these community strategies.
- Check in with your neighbors to see how you can help each other.
- Ask your neighbor if they need anything before you run to the store. Relying on public transportation or a ride can hinder a person from being able to adequately prepare for a storm.
- Get to know the people in your community before an emergency. If power goes out, you may not be able to reach out to the neighbors who need you most. Know who needs to be checked on first after the storm has passed.
- Volunteer in your community to help those severely affected by the disaster.
Coming together to guide the way forward is what Lighthouse is all about. Catastrophe has taught us that everyone preparing and working together can lead to a safer tomorrow. Curious on how you can help your community? Check out these organizations that aid in disaster relief.
- Community Emergency Response Teams
- American Red Cross
- Meals on Wheels
- National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster
With proper training and a willful mind anyone can help a neighbor in need. When neighbors help neighbors, the whole community can respond and recover, meeting the needs of everyone. View more tips to prepare for natural disasters on our Resources page.