Did you know that September is National Preparedness Month? Following 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) decided to educate the public on how to prepare for emergency disasters. In February 2003, FEMA launched the Ready campaign. FEMA wants us to be ready to face disasters rather than panicking and waiting for government assistance. The more everyone knows about emergency preparedness, the more ready we’ll be to face these disasters when they actually happen. Let’s discuss the four steps to plan and prepare for emergency disasters, shall we?
4 Steps to Plan and Prepare for Emergency Disasters
1) Be informed.
First of all, it’s important to be informed about natural disasters. It’ll help you plan and prepare better.
Disasters come in all different forms. They can be natural disasters such as earthquakes or man-made such as terrorist attacks. Whether these disasters are natural or man-made, it is best for us to stay informed on how to handle these situations. This year, the Ready campaign’s focus is on seasonal preparedness and how to deal with weather hazards such as tornados, floods, thunder/lightning, and fires. Throughout California, we’ve been struggling with rough fires and a statewide drought. So it’s crucial to know how to respond to these situations. Some helpful sites that emphasize preparedness are FEMA, Ready.gov, and the American Red Cross.
2) Make a plan.
Next, you need to make a plan.
During emergencies and disasters, your family could get separated from each other. It’s best to have a meeting spot already decided on before disaster strikes. That way, everyone already knows where to go and meet up to make sure no one is missing. There wouldn’t be any panicking and running back to the house, where there could be a fire blocking your way. You can find more information here.
3) Build a kit.
Then, you should build a kit and have it readily packed.
You should store your kit In an easily accessible place. A 72-hour survival kit will help relieve stress and panic in cases of emergency. The kit should contain the basic necessities you’d need during a disaster. This ranges from food, water, clothes, tools, and cash money to last you at least three days. You can find a list of things you need in your kit here.
Related: DIY Emergency Survival Kit
4) Get involved.
Finally, you can raise awareness by getting involved.
You can volunteer or donate to help those in need during disasters. Also, you could also take part in training and share your knowledge of emergency preparedness. You could even do something as simple as sharing these graphics on your social media profiles.
The possibilities are endless but the ultimate goal is the same — to increase the public’s knowledge of emergency preparedness and response to disasters. Ever since Hurricane Katrina, FEMA has been doing a great job. It’s now up to us to share our knowledge and increase the awareness of emergency and disaster preparedness. I’ve taken a class in emergency preparedness. I volunteer with the American Red Cross to inform others about fire safety. But I still have yet to build my own 72-hour kit, which I actually have to do for one of my classes this semester.
Are you and your family prepared for an emergency? If not, how would you prepare for emergency disasters?
Let me know in the comments. Happy National Preparedness Month and happy planning!