You can help your community realize the risk a potential disaster poses. (Honestly, how ready are you for that next tornado? Or earthquake, fire?) One way is to draw up a hazard and risk map of your community. Here are the steps you can follow:
- Find out what disasters have occurred in your community in the past. Check books and archives. Visit the fire station and police station.
- Identify hazards (like floods, earthquakes, storms, landslides, volcanic eruptions or others) that could affect your community.
- Discuss disasters with the mayor, firemen, the police, emergency personnel, doctors, social workers, and journalists.
- On a large piece of poster paper, draw the most important buildings; schools, hospitals, fire services, houses, police stations as well as potentially dangerous buildings such as factories, fragile buildings, dams, power plants.
- Use a different symbol for each building. Map out roads, rivers, power lines, sewage works and dumps. Use different colors to show these areas.
- For each hazard, identify how buildings would be affected (a little, badly, completely destroyed) and use a different symbol for each degree of damage.
- Identify where the people are who will need most help in case of a disaster (such as nursing homes, hospitals, nursery schools).
- Discuss possible solutions to reduce the risk.
- Share this with your community. Present it at home, in your school, community center and place of worship.
Check out our Disaster Preparedness  section for more tips and stats. GO