Build a more resilient community by getting involved and helping your community prepare for, respond to, and recover from the next disaster. There are many great opportunities to make important contributions including volunteering, donating, helping your neighbors, and being an active bystander.
- Join one of the 100 Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) programs in Massachusetts. Search CERT programs by zip code to find one near you.
- Join a Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) program in Massachusetts.
- Join a Citizen Corps Partner Program.
- Get involved with the American Red Cross.
- Check with your local public safety officials to see if there are local opportunities to volunteer to support emergency response.
- Donate cash to a recognized disaster relief organization.
- Donate goods that are specifically requested or needed by recognized organizations.
- Learn more about how to donate responsibly: Donations and Volunteers
Help your Neighbors
- Be a good neighbor. Check on family, friends, and neighbors, especially the elderly, those who live alone, those with medical conditions and those who may need additional assistance.
- Start a community preparedness project with the Corporation for National & Community Service toolkit.
Be an Active Bystander
- If you See Something, Say Something! Call 9-1-1 to report suspicious activity.
- Report emergency situations and request assistance by calling 9-1-1.
- Learn CPR and basic first aid. Learn how to apply a tourniquet and Stop the Bleed. Provide first aid assistance within your abilities.
- If appropriate and safe to do so, assist victims at the scene of an emergency. Learn what to do until help arrives at an emergency: Until Help Arrives.
- Help arriving first responders by sharing information you know about the incident, victims, or facility. Ask how you may help. Follow the instructions of officials.
- In an active shooter situation, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recommends that you Run, Hide, Fight. For more information on the Run, Hide, Fight program, see the pamphlet from DHS: https://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/active-shooter-pamphlet-508.pdf.