- Plan your communication to share accurate information with the community. It should also include information on emergency contacts, evacuation routes and shelter locations. Use multiple channels of communication, including social media, broadcasts and community meetings.
- Sanitation and Hygiene: Determine the hazards and risks that may be associated with the catastrophe and make sure the community is provided access to water and sanitation supplies. Prepare a waste disposal plan, and offer guidance regarding proper hygiene to help prevent disease.
- Environment: Select safe places to shelter during a hurricane and equip them with the supplies they need, including flashlights, blankets and first aid kits. Regular drills will ensure community members understand emergency procedures.
- Food Distribution: Create a distribution plan to distribute food in case there are extended power failures or if you need to evacuate. Work with volunteers and local groups to offer meals and snacks for community members.
- Education and training: Educate and train community members in emergency preparation and response. It is important to teach basic CPR skills and learn first aid. Encourage members of the community to get involved in community emergency preparation activities such as attending local meetings and volunteering for local groups.
Following these principles and observations can ensure that a community is well prepared to respond in a timely manner and effectively, minimizing harm while promoting recovery.