Here in Northwest California, we are living in one of the most at-risk areas for floods and earthquakes. Although studies show that being prepared is the most critical step in someone’s ability to recover from a major disaster, most local residents admit to being largely unprepared for emergency situations.
That’s why the American Red Cross Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake Counties Chapter is promoting PrepareTogether — a public awareness campaign to create more resilient communities that are better equipped to help each other prevent, prepare for and respond to life-threatening disasters. Natural disasters do not discriminate — they strike members of all socio-economic groups, in all neighborhoods. So, everyone needs to get prepared and help prepare others. With community support, PrepareTogether aims to:
- Ensure our disaster response capacity
- Forge community partnerships and increase preparedness
- Engage and empower volunteers
- Build strong, sustainable disaster logistics and communication systems
Ashley Fehrmann, Chief Development Officer, at (707) 577-7627 or Ashley.Fehrmann@redcross.org.