What role can your community organization play in helping your members and community plan for and recover from a disaster?
Researchers who study disasters tell us that a community with strong ties suffers less from a particular disaster than one with fewer ties. In addition, regular citizens invariably play a large role in getting a community safely through the immediate impact of a disaster, as well as helping the community recover afterwards. So, what can your organization do?
First, you can make sure that you've got a disaster plan in place that takes into consideration your members and your organization's facilities. Click on the questions below for further information and tips.
- Do you have a comprehensive and up-to-date list of your organization's members?
- Do you have a communication tree?
- Do you have a plan to care for those with special needs?
- Do you have a plan to protect your buildings or other property?
- Is your plan coordinated with the broader community and your local emergency management personnel?
- Do your members know your plan?
Once you've planned to keep your members safe, you can turn your attention to the broader community.