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Get Involved: Resources for Citizen Preparedness

In an age of terrorism, citizens need to take action to prepare and protect themselves and their families. The resources below offer valuable information about the concrete steps you can take now to protect yourself during a future emergency.

Prepare Yourself and Your Family

National Preparedness Month

American Red Cross Homeland Security

National Preparedness Month is a nationwide coordinated effort held each September to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, and schools. National Preparedness Month 2005 is being cosponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the American Red Cross. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the American Red Cross welcome all public- and private-sector organizations with a national reach who are interested in joining us in this important effort (registration required). provides a commonsense framework designed to launch a process of learning about citizen preparedness. One of the primary mandates of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is to educate the public, on a continuing basis, about how to be prepared in case of a national emergency, including a possible terrorist attack.

The National Organization on Disability has launched the Emergency Preparedness Initiative to ensure that emergency managers address disability concerns and that people with disabilities are included in all levels of emergency-preparedness planning, response, and recovery.

Prepare Your Community

Citizen Corps

Citizen Corps asks you to embrace the personal responsibility to be prepared; to get training in first aid and emergency skills; and to volunteer to support local emergency responders, disaster relief, and community safety.

Citizen Corps Initiatives

Schools are a critical component in communities and any planning that communities undertake should include representatives from their local schools. The Department of Education Web site provides information to help school and community leaders work together when developing their crisis plans. Information includes best practices guides from counties around the country.

Prepare your Business

Business Roundtable Reports

In the Balance E-postcard

Here is an e-postcard for In the Balance. You can use this postcard to alert viewers, friends, family, and community partners to the broadcast of the program.

Instructions for Use:
  1. Download the e-postcard, then open it.
  2. Select the entire contents of this document (Click/drag or "Select All").
  3. Copy.
  4. Paste into a new message in your e-mail editor.
  5. Replace the blue text at the top with a personal message, if desired.
  6. Send the message.

NOTE: Your e-mail editor must be set to send HTML e-mails. Please do not send the e-postcard as an attachment.