When disaster strikes, we come together to help each other. Getting prepared is about knowing your neighbors, saying hi to the regulars at the local market, and staying in touch with family and friends—both digitally and in person.
In the event of an emergency, we all turn to our existing tools and networks—many of which are digital. Think about your connections and the online communities you’re already a part of, so you can share updates and information when something happens.
Your neighborhood networks are important in an emergency too—consider the connections you already have—to your yoga studio, craft collective, spiritual groups, or friends in the neighborhood—so you can band together if something happens.
To get even better prepared as a household, neighborhood, or community, connect with these organizations.
American Red Cross, Bay Area Chapter provides a variety of trainings including first aid, CPR, and how to prepare for emergencies.http://www.redcross.org/ca/san-francisco
CERT educates individuals about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.https://smccacert.samariteam.com
The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Homeland Security Division works daily around the clock by air, land and sea to prepare and protect our residents from a range of threats.http://hsd.smcsheriff.com/divisions/homeland-security-division/sheriffs-office-oes