Prepare Your Community
Extreme weather and natural disaster emergencies are hard to predict, but in many cases, having an emergency response plan can be the difference between life and death. Volunteer to prepare disaster relief plans, raise awareness on how climate change can impact life, or just to give thanks to emergency response workers and firefighters. Join millions of young people that care by signing up for a campaign below to prepare your community for possible disasters.
DoSomething.org runs several campaigns each year that help you prepare for these emergencies. Get tips on equipping your neighbors with an emergency pet first-aid kit through Save Our Pets. Encourage your parents to talk about the effects of climate change with Climate Change Scav Hunt. Want to prevent more wildfires? Learn and share fire safety tips from Campfire Fighters.
Whichever steps you want to take to prepare your community for disasters, whether it’s creating emergency kits or providing friends with facts and tips, we have you covered.
Sign up now. Join millions of young people volunteering to make a difference.
Facts About Disasters
- Between 2000 and 2012, natural disasters caused $1.7 trillion in damage and affected 2.9 billion people. 1
- Floods are the most widespread natural disaster aside from wildfires. 90% of all U.S. natural disasters declared by the President involve some sort of flooding. 2
- Over 1/3 of cat and dog owners don't have a disaster preparedness plan in place for their animals. 3
- Over 1.1 million US firefighters keep our communities safe by putting themselves in dangerous situations. 4
- 90% of wildland fires in the US are caused by humans, most of which are accidental. 5
"21st Century Emergency Management." IBM. http://citizenibm.com/wp-content/uploads/2-WR1057039CA-IBM-IOC-for-the-Philippines.pdf (accessed July 21, 2014).
"Flood Facts." Palm Beach County. Accessed April 7, 2014. .
ASPCA. “ASPCA Expert Tips: Keeping Pets Safe and Calm During Disasters.” Web. Accessed December 9, 2013. http://www.aspca.org/about-us/press-releases/aspca-expert-tips-keeping-pets-safe-and-calm-during-disasters
National Fire Protection Association. “The Fire Service.” 2012. Web Accessed May 5, 2014
United States. National Park Service. "Wildland Fire: Wildfire Causes | U.S. National Park Service." National Parks Service. U.S. Department of the Interior. Web. Accessed May 08, 2014.
What You Get
Psh, what DON’T you get? Each campaign offers the key facts, pro tips, and four easy action steps you need to rock the campaign and make an impact.
- Step 1, Know It: You get stats on the problem and how you’re going to solve it.
- Step 2, Plan It: You’ll learn the stuff you need, how to recruit others to take action with you, and how to prep to take action.
- Step 3, Do It: You’ll learn how to actually do the darn thing and make the biggest impact possible.
- Step 4, Prove It: Snap a pic of you in action and upload it! Each campaign counts as volunteer experience for your resume. And you can enter to win scholarships! Speaking of…
Scholarships and Contests
You make the world suck less for others. Great! So what’s in it for you? Money. Lots and lots of money. (For school.) Lots of campaigns offer scholarship opps. Check out our scholarships page, complete a campaign listed, send a pic in the Prove It section, and you’ll enter to win! Mad chances to win mad money.
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