"Immediately after the first shock, there was an enormous response and solidarity among the city population of 18 million people. Ordinary citizens organized brigades to help with rescue efforts and to provide food, clothing, and emotional support to the homeless. Untrained, spontaneous volunteers saved 800 people. However, 100 volunteers lost their lives while attempting to save others. This is a high price to pay and is preventable through training."
-Guillermo Julio Soberon and Jaime Sepulveda in response to the 1985 Mexico Earthquake
Civilians are first on the scene of a disaster before professional emergency personnel. Their abilities can determine whether their neighbors live or die, and if they do not know what they are doing, they could put themselves and others at risk.
Furthermore, restricted access to personal protective equipment, and adequete safety and hazard identification training poses significant risk to our Ready Responders - those who step up and emerge to help out when crisis occurs.
Support us, as we continue to protect, honor, and support our Ready Responders.
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