By Terry Orr
Preparedness refers to the state of being prepared for specific or unpredictable events or situations. Preparedness is an important quality in achieving goals and in avoiding and mitigating negative outcomes. It is a major phase of emergency management, and is particularly valued in areas of competition such as sport and military science.
September 2012 marks the ninth annual National Preparedness Month, sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the US Department of Homeland Security. One goal of Homeland Security is to educate the public about how to prepare for emergencies, including natural disasters, mass casualties, biological and chemical threats, radiation emergencies, and terrorist attacks.
10 Ways YOU Can be Disaster Prepared (from Cal EMA)
- Identify Your Risk
- Create a Family Disaster Plan
- Practice Your Disaster Plan
- Build a Disaster Supply Kit for Your Home
- Prepare Your Children
- Don’t Forget Those with Special Needs
- Learn CPR and First Aid
- Eliminate Hazards in Your Home and Work Place
- Understand Post 9/11 Risks
- Get Involved, Volunteer
I really like how Cal EMA has layout getting prepared for disasters, especially item one, ‘identify your risk’. What are the hazards where you live or work? Find out what natural or human caused disasters pose a risk for you. Do you live near a flood plain, an earthquake fault, or in a high fire danger area? Are you prepared for an unexpected human-made disaster that can strike any time? Does your neighborhood or community have a disaster plan?
Be sure to include the following items in your emergency plan:
- How each person will get out of the house, if needed;
- Where to meet if you must leave the house; and
- Contact information for reaching the designated out-of-area contact person.
Emergency management, emergency preparedness, and disaster services are common throughout the United States—we take care of each other. By whatever name, these activities encompass mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery related to any kind of disaster, whether natural, technological, or national security. Emergency preparedness means being prepared for all kinds of emergencies, able to respond in time of crisis to save lives and property, and to help a community—or even a nation—return to normal life after a disaster occurs.
Like a good scout – Be Prepared
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