For Immediate Release
Reno, Nevada. Sept. 25, 2014. September is National Preparedness Month and Washoe County’s Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security is reminding residents what to do to prepare for disasters and emergencies. This week’s tip is get involved and become an active participant in emergency response.
Here are a few ways you can help:
There are many volunteer opportunities for citizens interested in supporting emergency response efforts during an incident, including but not limited to:
- Washoe County Citizen Corps volunteer groups, such as the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) http://www.washoesheriff.com/sub.php?category=citizen-corps
- Washoe County Medical Reserve Corps www.co.washoe.nv.us/health/ephp/mrc.html
- Northern Nevada Red Cross http://www.nevada.redcross.org/
Be part of the community planning process
- One such opportunity is through the Northern Nevada Access and Functional Needs workgroup, who reviews plans and provides feedback from the perspective of vulnerable populations in the region. To learn more about the workgroup or to join, email NNAFN@washoecounty.us .
Participate in the 2014 Great Nevada ShakeOut
Join more than a half-million Nevadans and sign up for the Great Nevada ShakeOut earthquake drill which will be held on Oct. 16 at 10:16 a.m. You can sign up at www.shakeout.org/nevada.