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National Preparedness Month - Plan to Help Your Neighbor and Community

Plan to Help Your Neighbor and Community You Are the Help Until Help Arrives

Life-threatening emergencies can happen fast. Emergency responders aren’t always nearby. You may be able to save a life by taking simple actions immediately. You Are the Help Until Help Arrives! Why get involved when someone is badly injured? According to a recent National Academies of Science study, trauma is the leading cause of death for Americans under age 46. Life-threatening injuries require immediate action to prevent an injured person from dying. Those nearest to someone with life threatening injuries are best positioned to provide first care.

Take the 'You Are the Help Until Help Arrives' web-based training below:

Community Preparedness: Implementing Simple Activities for Everyone

Comprehensive preparedness requires the whole community to participate and FEMA places tremendous value on communities that embrace a local "Neighbors Helping Neighbors" approach. Neighbors Helping Neighbors empowers community leaders to involve and educate individuals from their community about simple steps one can take to become more prepared. Forty-six percent of individuals expect to rely a great deal on people in their neighborhood for assistance within the first 72 hours after a disaster. When the whole community comes together to respond to and help recover from these emergencies - neighbor helping neighbor - we can often meet the needs of everyone. FEMA works to provide these organizations with additional tools and preparedness training opportunities so they can become more prepared. Check out FEMA’s preparedness kit to get your community ready for an emergency: