As people in our area are far too familiar with bad weather can strike at any moment.
That's why a Roanoke City group is working to make sure more folks are educated on the best ways to help their neighbors.
The Community Emergency Response Team training course is trying to increase their participation numbers after recent bad weather.
One woman in the class has been called to make a difference after living in Nags Head and the Florida coast most of her life.
"I have learned first of all how we as a team can work together ahead of the first responders and by no means are we the first responders, that's the firemen and EMTs, but we can help by assessing the area and getting them information in place," explained Harla Ange, taking the class.
Each week she learns something new and adds a new item to her responder's back pack.
Who knows when she'll need to grab the bag and run, but when the time comes she's ready.
If you would like to learn more about CERT log on to www.councilofcommunityservices.com/programs/roanoke-valley-cert/.