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Emergency Preparedness Readiness in Times of Crisis

Written By: Mary Kelly on August 25, 2012 4 Comments

Recently, severe tornados struck areas of Texas and the Midwest, and fires are burning in several states.  There will always be events and natural disasters we cannot predict, so it is essential to have an effective emergency preparedness plan to improve circumstances should you and your family be affected.  Being prepared now can save time, money, resources, and lives.

Fire plans should include exit plans with multiple options. There should also be a contingency plan if you and your loved ones are separated. Children should memorize emergency numbers so that they are adequately prepared as well. Survival kits and first aid kits are also needed in case anyone gets injured. It is important to also practice scenarios so that you will know what to do if the real emergency happens.

What should you put in your survival kit if you need to evacuate for fires or floods? Most survival kits will vary based on your family’s needs, however it is important that those kits are compact so it is easy to bring along should you need it. The basics include medications for people and pets, legal, medical,  and financial documents (see checklist at http://productiveleaders.com/free-stuff/), a change of clothes, laptop/computer, backed-up hardrives, cell phones with chargers, irreplaceable photos, records and other necessities.

Do you know of anyone who was evacuated recently?  What did they take with them that they were glad they had taken?  What did they miss? Emergency preparedness is more effective if you discuss it as a family, review it regularly, adapt it as your family’s needs change over time. It is imperative to always update and review your current family’s needs, which includes an updated will, powers of attorney, and health care directives. Communities that are well prepared fare better than those that are not.

Emergency preparedness is crucial in these ever-changing times. Since we cannot predict when an emergency will happen, having a proper plan and strategy to implement that plan is critical.

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4 Responses to “Emergency Preparedness Readiness in Times of Crisis”

  1. Shirley Taylor says on: 2 September 2012 at 10:27 am

    At times, people avoid preparing for emergency situations as they do not want to think of the worse case scenario or they think, “It won’t happen to me.” The reality is that it could, and if you face an emergency it is best to be safe than sorry. You can never be too prepared.

  2. Jeff Korhan says on: 2 September 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Mary – I worked in the oil and gas business for ten years and safety awareness was more prevalent than any other type of training, namely because you may only get one chance to respond well.

    It has served me well in my work and life.

    Thanks for the reinforcement. 🙂

  3. Sandi Coryell says on: 2 September 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Living in Earthquake and fire country, this is a great reminder to make sure my “kits” are up to date! Thanks for posting, Mary.

  4. Mark Struczewski says on: 2 September 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Living on the Gulkf Coast (Houston, Texas), the potential for hurricanes is always there. In 2008, hurricane Ike struck Galveston and went right up I-45 (the main highway from Galveston to Houston). It was originally forecast to hit Corpus Christie…but kept moving northeast. We don’t live in an evacuation zone, but when they were sure that we were going to get hit by Ike, we filled our bathtub (so we could still use the toilet), we filled every container we had with filtered water (we have a PUR filter on our kitchen faucet), we removed everything lose from our yard…and I even cut the lawn (is that weird)? Yes, the time to prepare is BEFORE you need to be.

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