Emergency managers, firefighters, law enforcement officers, EMT/paramedics, and other emergency responders keep us safe during times of disaster, but they cannot do it alone. Everyone has a personal responsibility to be prepared and to participate in programs and activities to make their families, homes and communities safer from risks and threats.
Get involved before disaster strikes! Here are a few ways to help:
- Volunteer to support disaster efforts in your community by joining the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) or the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES). Many local faith-based and community organizations have programs active in supporting disasters too.
- Learn CPR and basic first aid, donate blood, or volunteer to help with mass care and sheltering operations at your local American Red Cross Chapter.
- Support major disasters by donating cash or goods which may help meet the needs of your community in times of disaster. See this video on why monetary donations are the most effective way to donate during times of disaster.
Below you will find more information on how to get involved in preparedness efforts in Allen County.
Allen County MRC
The Medical Reserve Corp is made up of practicing and retired physicians, nurses and other health professionals who help deliver public health services during an emergency. Sign up to volunteer with the Allen County MRC. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org or download the MRC brochure to learn more.
Allen County CERT
Community Emergency Response Team members are civilians who are trained in basic disaster response skills so they can support emergency responders or provide assistance when professional responders are not immediately available to help. Become a member of Allen County CERT. Click here to learn more.
Allen County COAD
Community Organizations Active in Disaster, or COAD, is made up of representatives from local agencies that work together to ensure a coordinated response to urgent human needs caused by disaster. Click here to learn more.