Before a major event occurs, citizens can visit FEMA.gov to access emergency preparation resources, including information on how to survive a tornado, earthquake, fire, or flood, among other devastating events. It also provides survival supply lists and extensive information about a number of unforeseen circumstances.
When a disaster occurs, FEMA provides immediate assistance of food and water. Once the safety and security of citizens within the disaster area is ensured, FEMA helps with the rebuilding process. The agency offers counseling, legal advice, insurance information, and a number of other monetary resources in order to ease the burden and stress on individuals.
During the most recent natural disaster, Hurricane Irene, FEMA readied trucks with meals, water, and blankets along the East Coast of the United States. After the storm passed, the agency continued to provide support and helped flooded areas return to normalcy.
On constant watch to ensure that emergencies have the smallest possible impact on the American people, FEMA greatly appreciates donations of funding and supplies and encourages people to volunteer.
About the Author:
Dr. Peter Killcommons has volunteered much of his time and skill in the service of others and has previously participated in a FEMA response exercise. Dr. Killcommons also traveled to Kabul, Afghanistan, to install medical equipment and train staff in its use.