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Setting Goals

Being able to survive for a few days to few weeks on your own, creating an evacuation and shelter plan for you and your family, and knowing the best way to avoid harm when necessary doesn't happen by chance, and it doesn't happen on a moments notice if you haven't prepared beforehand.

All members of a community should be educated about what to expect from their local and federal government during and after an emergency or disaster, as well as what their government expects from them in the way of personal responsibility and preparation.

Setting Concrete Goals

A key element to effective emergency preparedness on a community level is effective planning and goal setting. Setting goals helps individuals and their families become accoutable for themselves and strengthens the overall ability of a community to face and recover from a disaster. Setting clear goals at community and house meetings will to improve the performance of community based emergency response programs and ensure each member knows his or her role. Once goals have been set, they should be tracked and members should be held accountable for their progress.

After you've prepared yourself and your family, its time to reach out to your community and start helping those around you. The following are a few ways you can assist others:
  • Identify any special needs individuals within your community, including the elderly, disabled or frail, and help them develop an emergency preparedness plan that will address their unique needs during a disaster or hazard.

  • Plan and conduct safety drills at your workplace, at your school, church or any other community center where people regularly congregate.

  • Take any available classes (CPR, first aid, CERT, Emergency Response, etc.) that may help you prepare to better assist your community during a disaster or emergency.

  • Start volunteering with the emergency responders in your area.

Your Commitment Matters

When you're focused and committed to following through with the preparedness goals you set for yourself as well as your community, you'll be surprised at how much you can accomplish. Involve yourself in regular preparedness activities in your community, and then follow through with your commitment.

The following are few commitments every emergency preparedness volunteer should make.
  • I will commit to preparing myself and my family this year. I will create a comprehensive family disaster plan and make sure there are emergency supply kits at my home, at my work and in all my vehicles.

  • As a team, we will put together _____ emergency supply kits for others.

  • As an individual, I will talk to _____ friends, family members, neighbors and co-workers about their responsibility to be prepared.

  • As a team, each month we will commit to _____ hours of emergency preparedness and response volunteering in our community.

  • As a team, we will design and carry out _____ disaster drills for evacuating and shelting-in-place.

  • As an individual, I will complete _____ courses in life saving and first aid skills.

  • As a team, we will learn with threats are most likely to impact our community.
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