Sustainable living is an interest for many Benton County residents, and sustainability principles can be useful for preparing for and recovering from disasters--large or small, natural or human caused. We have provided a few Benton County resources to help build community disaster resilience.
In a disaster, neighbors will turn to each other for help. Map Your Neighborhood is an initiative designed to empower neighborhoods to improve disaster readiness at the local level. By making connections and developing local resources, neighborhoods will be in a better position to help themselves in the event of an emergency. Neighborhood associations can try the activities listed on this page to build resiliency on their block.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has organized the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program since 1993 to train citizens in basic disaster response skills.
CERT operates primarily by training its members as auxiliary responders to aid their communities during emergency situations when professional responders are not immediately available. CERT members are also encouraged to take an active role in emergency preparedness projects in the local community.
The website links below list upcoming activities and training opportunities.