There are many ways to Get Involved especially before a disaster occurs. Major disasters can overwhelm first responder agencies. Properly trained individuals can lend vital support during these times. 

Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Learn first aid;
  • Join a Community Emergency Response Team in your community (such as KPEPC);
  • Donate to a reputable organization of your choice, and
  • Volunteer to respond to disasters and help your fellow Americans. 
  • Promote preparedness online by sharing preparedness tips on your social media account with’s online social media toolkit or public service announcements;
  • Take a free online independent study course through FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute and gain more knowledge to help your community become more prepared.