Preparedness is a personal responsibility. It takes time and training to prepare. But in a disaster, investments in preparedness will return dividends a thousand-fold. It is not much different from the proverb of the grasshopper and the ant. The ant prepared for “hard times”, while his friend the grasshopper felt he had more pressing priorities. You can decide today if you will be afraid, or ready?
HOW CAN I GET TRAINED?
Disaster Preparedness is part of our Community
The Volunteer Center of Whatcom County will set up a Volunteer Mobilization Center (VMC) if one is needed during a natural or man-made disaster in Whatcom County. The VMC will process volunteers and send them to sites where needed as determined by the lead agency which is usually the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Department. If you want to volunteer to work the VMC in case it is called into action, please visit this website to learn more: www.WhatcomVolunteer.org/Disaster
CERT – Community Emergency Response Team
The CERT program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area, and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to join the active Whatcom County team and assist in CERT training and emergency preparedness projects in their community.
Red Cross -Mt. Baker Chapter of the American Red Cross
The Red Cross offers a variety of preparedness programs depending on your needs and group. Thanks to the generosity of individuals, companies and foundations, all preparedness programs are free of charge.
Community Disaster Education – If you have a group of ten or more people, the Red Cross will come to you and give a free preparedness presentation tailored specifically for your needs.
Workplace Disaster Preparedness Training – If you are a business or non-profit agency, disaster preparedness training is critical to maintaining safety and ensuring everyone knows what to do in the event of a disaster or emergency.
HOW TO PREPARE:
- Getting yourself prepared for a disaster can feel like a daunting and overwhelming task. Instead of trying to tackle it all at one time, consider breaking up your preparedness into several steps.
- Washington State Emergency Management Division( WA-EMD) created a guide to aid in this process, called Prepare In A Year. This guide details how to prepare for a disaster by spending an hour a month on preparation activities.
- WA-EMD has also created a series of preparedness videos that can be viewed here.
- To view a list of all of WA-EMD emergency preparedness publications, click here. Publications are provided in multiple languages.