Hurricanes and other violent weather events, the threat of pandemic flu, such as the bird flu (H5N1) or swine flu (H1N1), and terrorist events on American soil are changing the way we all must think about and prepare for community emergencies.
In the event of a disaster or emergency situation, preparedness is everyone’s responsibility. However, preparedness cannot happen at the last minute. There are several steps that you should take ahead of time to prepare for any type of potential disaster, natural or man-made. They include:
1. Stay informedKnowing the types of disasters or emergency situations that may impact you and what specific actions you must take before, during, and after those disasters or emergency situations is an important part of being prepared and may make the difference when seconds count.
2. Prepare a kitDo not be caught off guard. Take the time to gather supplies necessary for you and your family to survive any type of disaster.
3. Develop a planAlso, take the time to develop a family plan and a business plan where applicable. Be sure that everyone knows what to do, where to go, and how to communicate. Keep in mind special needs and situations. Do not forget your pets.
Family plan (ready.gov)
4. Get involvedBe active in your community and support local police and fire departments and healthcare facilities. Promote participation in the Domestic Security Task Force and Homeland Security initiatives in your community. Collaborate with neighbors and city officials to better secure our communities to help prevent terrorist attacks and prepare for hurricanes.
Taking these simple steps will help you and your family be better prepared for the unexpected.