Tuesday, April 16, 2013

How to help in times of disaster

In response to inquiries from our members as to how to respond constructively when events like this happen in our community, we offer the following suggestions:

  • Offer to babysit for friends or neighbors who because of today’s events would be helped by such support
  • Sign up for the Red Cross aid appeals mailing list
  • As requested by the Boston Police Department, call 1-800-494-TIPS if you have relevant information
  • Prepare yourself and your family for unexpected crises. Be informed, make a plan, build a kit: www.ready.gov
  • Train to help yourself and others. CERT training and First Aid/CPR Training are great ways to build up your tool kit so that you can productively contribute when an emergency, large or small, arises
If you have more time, talent, or resources to contribute, you can find a national-level organization to volunteer with that compliments your situation:
Check with your state and local volunteer fire department, law enforcement, or emergency management office for more opportunities. Thanks to Lt. Col. Edward Bos, Emergency Services Officer, Alaska Wing CAP, for his advice in compiling these suggestions.