Disasters are major events that can strike anywhere and at any time. In a disaster, traditional 911 and first responder capabilities such as fire, police, medics and utility personnel will be overwhelmed and unable to immediately assist individuals.

Preparing your neighborhood is vital. Neighbors will likely be the first ones to offer assistance. Neighbors that are prepared are more effective in their response to a disaster and have an increased capacity to be self-sufficient for the first 72 hours after a disaster.

Remember: In a disaster, your most immediate source of help are the neighbors living around you. Take action today. Become involved in community preparedness groups: