Once you have a plan and emergency supply kit created for you and your family consider taking the next step and volunteer your time to help your community start preparing. Citizen Corps
and the American Red Cross
are two volunteer organizations that help to provide disaster relief to communities in need. The South Plains Citizens Corps
is the local Lubbock Citizens Corp chapter whose mission is:
- To inspire, guide, and empower every individual to make a commitment to build community pride and patriotism; to help unite the efforts of the communities in crime prevention, mitigation, emergency preparedness, and emergency response; to help the people of the South Plains Region be safer, stronger, and better prepared for any type of emergency.
If you have experience in the health and medical profession the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)
would provide an ideal volunteer opportunity. The Medical Reserve Corps Program coordinates the skills of practicing and retired physicians, nurses and other health professionals as well as other citizens interested in health issues, who are eager to volunteer to address their community's ongoing public health needs and to help their community during large-scale emergency situations.
Local community leaders will develop their own Medical Reserve Corps Units and identify the duties of the MRC volunteers according to specific community needs. For example, MRC volunteers may deliver necessary public health services during a crisis, assist emergency response teams with patients, and provide care directly to those with less serious injuries and other health-related issues.
MRC volunteers may also serve a vital role by assisting their communities with ongoing public health needs (e.g., immunizations, screenings, health and nutrition education, and volunteering in community health centers and local hospitals). Once established, how the local MRC Unit is utilized will be decided locally. The MRC unit will make decisions with local officials, including the local Citizen Corps Council, on when the community Medical Reserve Corps is activated during a local emergency.
To find out more information and to get involved with volunteer opportunities in your area please visit www.citizencorps.gov
, or www.redcross.org