MEMA: “Get Involved” before disaster strikes

Tip: Get trained in CPR and Basic First Aid

FRAMINGHAM, MA (MEMA) – The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency is encouraging people in the community to “Getting Involved,” which will increase family preparedness and community resiliency.

Below is important information on ways you can “Get Involved”:

  • Get trained and volunteer with a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) unit and/or other Citizen Corps Partner Program or Affiliate organization.
  • Receive Community Emergency Response Team training in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical operation. There are over 125 CERT programs in Massachusetts. For a list of programs near you, visit: http://www.citizencorps.fema.gov/cc/searchCert.do?submitByZip.
  • Get trained and volunteer with a Medical Reserve Corps program to provide support during a public health emergency. There are over 45 MRC programs in Massachusetts. For a list of programs near you, visit: https://medicalreservecorps.gov/HomePage.
  • Become involved in the Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) Program, which is a national program that serves as a gateway to resources and information for and about law enforcement volunteer programs of all kinds. The program’s ultimate goal is to enhance the capacity of state and local law enforcement to utilize volunteers. For additional information on the VIPS program, go to http://www.policevolunteers.org/volunteer/.
  • Check with your local fire department to see if they have volunteer firefighters or volunteer support positions.
  • Get trained in CPR and Basic First Aid and volunteer to help mass care and sheltering operations at your local American Red Cross Chapter.
  • Seek out local faith-based and community organizations, which may have programs active in supporting disasters.
  • Find a volunteer opportunity with a Massachusetts Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD).
  • Join or start a preparedness project. Find an event or identify local resources, build a team, choose a project, set goals and serve your community by improving the preparedness of your friends, colleagues and neighbors. Get started.
  •  Find out more about the American Radio Relay League, which supports the advancement of Amateur Radio Service and trains individuals interested in learning the skill of operating ham radios.
  • Support major disasters by donating cash or goods, which may help meet the needs of your community in times of disaster. Learn more.

For additional opportunities that may be unique to your community, contact your local emergency management director or public safety officials.

NOTE: MEMA is the state agency charged with ensuring the state is prepared to withstand, respond to, and recover from all types of emergencies and disasters, including natural hazards, accidents, deliberate attacks, and technological and infrastructure failures.

MEMA’s staff of professional planners, communications specialists and operations and support personnel is committed to an all hazards approach to emergency management. By building and sustaining effective partnerships with federal, state and local government agencies, and with the private sector, individuals, families, non-profits and businesses, MEMA ensures the Commonwealth’s ability to rapidly recover from large and small disasters by assessing and mitigating threats and hazards, enhancing preparedness, ensuring effective response, and strengthening our capacity to rebuild and recover.

For additional information about MEMA, go to www.mass.gov/mema. Continue to follow MEMA updates on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MassEMA and Facebook at   www.facebook.com/MassachusettsEMA.

Also, sign up for Massachusetts Alerts to receive emergency information on your smartphone, including severe weather alerts from the National Weather Service and emergency information from MEMA, download the Massachusetts Alerts free app.

To learn more about Massachusetts Alerts, and for information on how to download the free app onto your smartphone, visit: www.mass.gov/mema/mobileapp.

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