Step Five – Help Others

We’re all in this together.

When the Big One hits, it could affect an area from Northern California all the way up to British Columbia. Victoria and Vancouver, BC, Bellingham, Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia, Centralia, Vancouver, Washington, Portland, Salem, Corvallis, Eugene, Roseburg, Medford, Oregon…

Not to mention every single coastal community in the Pacific Northwest.

It’s millions of people affected. No food, no water, no power, bupkis for days, if not weeks.

Now that you are ready to take care of yourself and your loved ones, it’s time to take a look around at your neighbors and community and see what simple things you can do to help out, pitch in, and make it easier for everyone to Prepare – Survive – Thrive when the Big One hits.

Wanna be the baddest most prepared mofo on your block? – think about joining a CERT or NET team in your area.

If you’re ready to really go for it think about learning about search and rescue, or joining a volunteer fire department.

For disasters small and large, the American Red Cross is there to help, and they always need volunteers.

Are you religious? Cool! Talk to your Priest/Pastor/Rabbi/Immam/Insert-faith-here about starting a preparedness group for your community.

There’s so many ways you can help your community get more prepared if you just get involved.

And there’s really no excuse not to. A really really introverted friend of mine challenged me to think of something she could do without taking a class or joining a group and I said sure, just have more. Build an extra go bag. Add some extra food or water to your emergency kits.