Getting Ready Before Disaster Strikes Emergency Preparedness
Getting Ready Can Save Your Life
Getting Ready Before Disaster Strikes Emergency Preparedness. Each year people suffer the consequences of disaster and its devastation because they failed in emergency preparedness. Just like Noah we need to prepare ourselves for the possibilities of these emergency situations. I am a survivor of Hurricane Katrina and I would like to share some of the preparation everyone needs to do. It's not just the area of the world where disasters often strikes. You need to prepare yourself and your family for the possibility of a disaster.
We all listen to the television broadcasts of the EBS, the Emergency Broadcast System. Everyday somewhere in the world a disaster strikes without warning. But are you ready when the line "This is a Test of the Emergency Broadcast system, If this were a real emergency......" We all know the words but, what do you do when the words change to "This is an Emergency"?
Planning is the key to the welfare and safety of those in the path of any emergency. There are many things that should be done to prepare for that dreaded moment. My family and I know the pain and struggle that follows disaster and now have a much better plan in place since our experience. Everything you will need can be stored, backed up and made ready for a time it is needed and saves you the emotional traumas that go hand in hand with rebuilding a new life.
Prepare before disaster strikes - Everyone needs to prepare
Be ready have your supplies pack and ready to go for any emergency or disaster.
Help may not get to you for days! A survival kit for any emergency.
Prepare for Your Pet - Make a Plan
Many pets are lost in disasters, make sure yours isn't one of the statistics. During disaster emergency teams arriving after the fact are usually not familiar with your particular area. The names of streets and locations many become unrecognizable and your pet could be gone forever. My cat was found floating in a large plastic salad bowl after Katrina. However, the rescuers had no idea where she was sent. I spent many month looking for her location and was unsuccessful.
During the time of Katrina we learned many hard lessons you can take advantage of during a disaster. Since that time many shelter allow pets and special pet recue teams have been set up. My suggestion is to keep your pet as close as possible and monitor their safety and health. Disaster is a very emotionally draining time and your pet will help you in your recovery.
She May Not Survive Without A Plan
Every Minute Counts!
Where do you stand when it come to being prepared?
Are You Prepared? - Disaster can strike any time or any place
Are you prepared for disaster when it strikes?
Know How to Prepare
Preparing for Natural Disaster - Preparedness Is Your Responsibility
Fires rage across the drought ridden areas, hurricanes threaten the coasts, wind rips through tornado alley, and tsunamis quickly consume the living and their homes. No one is immune to a natural disaster! After the tragedy strikes rescue teams, FEMA and recovery workers will attempt to help as quickly as possible. This does not mean you will have the things you need for survival unless YOU plan and make it a priority.
If your disaster is imminent and you have fair warning, you may have minimal time to evacuate the area. However, many disasters come without warning. You need to have a plan where you and your loved ones can reunite if you become separated. In my community the first thing we do when an emergency is lurking is use a permanent marker and mark the names, social security numbers of parent on children and the elderly and well as their own in case separation occurs. In some instances children and the elderly will be given evacuation priority. You can't count on records to find your loved ones. Be sure to mark your identification on yourself, if you are injured or unable to speak for yourself you will be identifiable. Commonly, men carry their ID on their person were women tend to have purses, don't count of these things when it's a matter of life and death. It is an excellent idea to draw-up power of attorney documents so you can make decisions in case your spouse or parents are unable or unavailable when needed.
With this in mind prepare a kit to aid in your survival with the recommended allotment of supplies enough food and water for at least 3 days. If your emergency gives you enough time to evacuate here are some of the items you need to take with you. Keep these items pack and ready!
Most ImportantImportant Documents-Insurance Policies, Birth Record, Social Security Cards, Marriage Licenses, Power of Attorney Documents, Adoption Papers, Names or Doctors and Dentists, Telephone numbers and any other important papers. Survival Supplies-water and food for at least 3 days, medications, medical supplies and devices. Cranking/Solar Emergency Radio with cell phone charge port. A Full Tank of Gas-always think of your car as empty when it is at the half-way mark. Don't put this one off you may not be able to get gas when it's time to evacuate. Cash-you will probably not have access to credit cards or banking during a disaster. The rule of thumb is that credit cards and bank cards will probably be on hold if your zip code is targeted as a disaster community. Toiletries-hand sanitizer, hygiene products, diapers, tissue and disposable towels.
ImportantCell phone-it may not work if the cell towers have been destroyed during the disaster. They are nice to have if you have the crank radio to recharge them. Extra clothing and shoes. Board Games, CardsSleeping bags, blankets
Although your possession are important to you, during survival time you will discover that live and safety is the MOST important thing to have.
It happens in the blink of an eye
It take a long time for Recovery! But It Does Happen
Diasaster Will Strike
The Hummer Coming after a Category 2 Hurricane to My Town
Please take some time to help the Red Cross get people on the road to recovery. When I was in need they helped me. Each of us has the responsibility to take care of those in need. One day you may wake-up and a natural disaster will have changed your life. Without the help of the Red Cross many of us Hurricane Katrina survivors would have done without food and water. I am proud to say that I survived and help the Red Cross help other victims so they too can become "survivors".
During Katrina the Red Cross provided hot meals to those of us who had nothing to eat or drink. They gave us dry clothing, water and dry good to help us. If it hadn't been for their help and the help of those who made generous donation to see us through those difficult and emotional times. Many organizations assisted with relief efforts, but the Red Cross went our of their way to make us as comfortable as possible.
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