Many of the ecosystem improvements made by Project Conserve members also play an important role in mitigating local disasters. For example, stream bank stabilization measures, such as planting live stakes, reduce erosion and prevent/mitigate the impacts of flooding for nearby communities, as well as improve local water quality in the ecosystem.
Many community members may be unaware of these strategies to reduce disaster impacts and better prepare for potential disasters. It is critical to build community resilience by providing disaster preparedness training and working with residents to implement disaster mitigation measures.
Project Conserve members also receive training in disaster preparedness, through courses such as Wilderness First Aid, CPR, and CERT/Red Cross training, and may be called by the Red Cross to assist in local disasters.