Responding to Disasters

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Volunteers can provide critical aid in disaster preparedness, response and recovery efforts.

Throughout April, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and local emergency management agencies will highlight ways Illinois residents can help their communities be more resilient.

“Before disaster strikes, volunteers can promote personal preparedness so that people in their communities can stay safe during emergencies,” said IEMA Director James K. Joseph. When a disaster strikes, voluntary organizations help people in their community, region or across the country. Volunteers even play a vital role in ensuring the long-term recovery of a community affected by a disaster.”

Joseph said that more than 50 communities have established Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) that have been used to help make their communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond and recover from emergencies.

People interested in learning more about how to volunteer to help before, during or after a disaster can contact local voluntary organizations or their local emergency management agency for information about opportunities in their area.

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