By Terry Orr
Preparedness refers to a research based set of actions that are taken as precautionary measures in the face of potential disasters. These actions can include both physical preparations (such as emergency supplies depots, adapting buildings to survive earthquakes and so on) and trainings for emergency action. Preparedness is an important quality in achieving goals and in avoiding and mitigating negative outcomes. There are different types of preparedness, such as public health preparedness and local emergency preparedness, but probably the most developed type is "Disaster Preparedness", defined by the UN as involving "forecasting and taking precautionary measures prior to an imminent threat when advance warnings are possible". This includes not only natural disasters, but all kinds of severe damage caused in a relatively short period, including warfare. Preparedness is a major phase of emergency management, and is particularly valued in areas of competition such as sport and military science.
Methods of preparation include research, estimation, planning, resourcing, education, practicing and rehearsing.
Please go to www.ready.gov and read the information provided under: Be informed; Make a Plan; and Build a Kit. These helpful tips, knowledge, kits, et al ARE the BASIC and not all-inclusive – Please update and tailor to your specific needs. Thank you.
Fire evacuation drills, emergency evacuation and take shelter exercises, first aid training and exercises, terrorist attacks, and extreme weather preparations are just a few things each of us should know well and practice at least each year.
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