Resolve to reach out during emergencies
With January 1st come the infamous New Year’s resolutions. Some will be unresolved repeats from previous years and others will be new. January 11th will mark the 25th anniversary of the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday and would be a good time to consider a resolution based on this quote from Dr. King, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” The MLK Day of Service is part of the President’s national United We Serve initiative.
Participating in these national service programs is a great way to give back to the community through organized projects. But you can also give back as an individual to your neighborhood in other ways.
Know thyself and thy neighbor
Winter weather can provide information on who may need help during a major disaster. Determine the following and help those who need it or if you require aid please ask for help as needed.
These acts of kindness can help determine what kind and how much help someone might need in the event of a major disaster. Whether assisting in an evacuation or helping someone shelter in place, knowing their needs in advance will help neighbors design more effective disaster plans and partnerships.
Rotate and donate
Local charities need of all of these items. In 2009, 14.7 percent of Americans reported they either feared running out of food, actually ran out of food or were unable to afford balanced meals. This is the highest recorded rate of food insecurity reported since the completion of the first national food security survey in 1995.
Food, water and warm clothes can truly make a difference for those in need.
Examine the medical supplies