In August, President Obama declared September National Disaster Month.
It is appropriate in light of September 11, which will long live in history as the nations most infamous disaster. September is also a month when hurricanes strike the South and the Gulf Coast and wildfires engulf California (and Texas this year).
The volunteer response to 9/11 was immediate and intense. But only a few years late, with Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, I believe America woke up to the fact that our country is not prepared for major disasters. Nor can we really afford to maintain disaster organizations of the size it would take to protect all our cities in time of need.
It is up to each of us to prepare and contribute.
The Scientology Volunteer Minister website offers free online disaster response training to anyone, no matter his or her religion.