What is community shielding?
Community shielding is a cooperative effort between individuals, families, local government, business, non-governmental organizations, faith-based groups and any other community resources to provide or augment food, water, medication and other essential supplies to individuals sheltering in place in homes and other safe locations due to a natural, biological, chemical or radiological disaster. State and federal resources could be called upon when local resources are exhausted. Because it is a local effort, each plan should be tailored specifically to the community it serves.
What are the advantages of community shielding?
• Community shielding
encourages Americans to do something now – to be proactive and prepare now
instead of being reactive under emergency conditions.
How does community shielding apply to me?
Because community shielding is a cooperative effort, emergency plans incorporating community shielding will be more effective when citizens help formulate the plan. Be willing to get involved in making plans and encouraging community shielding in your community. Take an active part in preparing your family for community shielding. Fewer resources will be required for the community as a whole when each individual and family is more prepared to care for themselves.
What can I do now?
Prepare now to be
self-reliant and self-sufficient. Stock food, water, medications and other
supplies to last at least one month (The length of time for sheltering in place
will depend upon the cause and scope of the disaster as will indoor/outdoor
restrictions.). Schools and businesses may close so prepare to work from home
and have learning activities available for children. Have savings to cover a
possible time of temporary unemployment. Have alternate methods for cooking,
heat, light and communications in case of power outages. Learn how to respond to
different kinds of emergencies – natural disasters, natural epidemics or
pandemics and man-made biological, chemical and radiological disasters.
For additional information:
University of Virginia Critical Incident Analysis Group (CIAG) “Community Shielding”
Citizen Corps CERT programs http://www.citizencorps.gov/cert/index.shtm
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