Not sure if this has been covered previously but did not find it searching so thought it would be worth mentioning. This coming Tuesday I'll be joining the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). It's an 8 week course that is offered free of charge to any citizen willing to help out their community in a natural disaster or terrorist attack. At the end of the course you become "certified" to help out the police and fire department. Training includes search & rescue, first aid, fire prevention, etc. This course was first developed by the LAFD after their big earthquake several years ago and is now offered by thousands of cities across the country... and did I mention it's free? After graduation, you then continue your training with the police and fire professionals in your community when they have mock disaster drills. I'm a firm believer you can never be too prepared and we all know not all of our neighbors will know what to do, so why not take the course? If you are interested in taking classes in your area, check out their website @ CERT : Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) where they have a search bar for your city.