All Disasters Start Local – These words have been the marching orders for many many years now. When they are said it generally means that the locals (city, county, etc.) must begin the response and request resources up through different levels.
We believe that local, is you. This article goes on to say the same thing, but if you are ready and prepared you are one less burden to the system. The less burdens there are the easier and faster a response can proceed.
Obviously there are some instances where massive help is needed and required, but if you have done your part, that response should still go smoother. Head on over to EDM Digest to see what they have to say on this.