Prepared is Protected
Natural disasters affect nearly 1 million people a year in the US, but many are unprepared. The Cities of Service Prepared is Protected Blueprint helps engage volunteers to boost disaster preparedness.
Natural disasters affect nearly one million people each year in the United States, and cause hundreds of deaths and an average of $18 billion in damages. Most deaths associated with natural events are preventable, and mayors can minimize damage from natural disasters by developing comprehensive emergency preparation and response plans, and ensuring that citizens are well informed and enabled to respond appropriately.
To ensure success, the mayor’s office should work with the city’s emergency management agencies, first responders and disaster-focused nonprofit organizations to develop citizen-oriented disaster preparedness plans and toolkits. Lead volunteers train outreach volunteers to disseminate the plans and toolkits as well as how to engage households in discussions on disaster preparedness and response.
Executing The Plan
Once emergency preparedness materials have been developed, the mayor’s office solicits input from local community groups, volunteer organizations, and first responders to customize the materials to specific neighborhoods. These partners can help identify the locations of local shelters and other neighborhood-specific resources, so that the information can be included in the distributed materials.
Collecting data on the impact of Prepared is Protected is essential for demonstrating results. Required metrics include number of lead volunteers, number of outreach volunteers trained in emergency preparedness, number of households and individuals engaged by volunteers to discuss preparedness (e.g., walking through the emergency preparedness materials).