National or Local? Weather or Unrest? A Disaster Can Take Many Forms
Wherever you live, a natural emergency can strike at any time. From the tsunamis and earthquakes of the West Coast, to the fires, tornadoes, and winter storms of the Midwest, to hurricanes and floods in the eastern U.S., all Americans are at risk of a natural disaster.
Each potential problem requires unique preparations, by both you and your local emergency services. Because of this, it’s important to have the right data and resources to ensure your personal or community emergency preparedness plan addresses the most likely scenarios.
While weather can certainly be disastrous, it’s not the only event that requires preparedness. Civil unrest has become more prominent over the last few years. Being aware of the civil activity in your community and having a plan and resources to “bug-out” (flee) or “bug-in” (fortify your home) can put you ahead when dealing with these issues—or help you avoid them entirely.
Having a plan for extended interruption of local health or utility services is a good idea too. Alternate electricity sources, proper water and food storage, and stocking up on and taking classes on how to use medical equipment can all be potential lifesavers.
Talking to your doctor about preparing for emergency events and your specific medical needs can also be a helpful step, particularly if you’re currently taking any prescriptions. Consider that certain medications such as insulin require refrigeration. If you suffer from diabetes, a generator and a hefty stockpile can mean the difference between being uncomfortable or requiring emergency medical services that may not be readily available.
These are often expensive measures that not everyone can take, but a community effort might address a similar need for many in your area.
Information Is Your Best Defense: FEMA.gov and Other Emergency Resources
This month is a great time to discuss emergency preparedness with your family and friends and take steps to prepare your household, from setting up emergency alerts to building an emergency kit.
You can also bring up the issue with your local government. You can present the Ready.gov resources to your city manager or council and ask what steps they have taken on this front and what you can do to be ready for a potential disaster in your area. You could survey your government representatives, neighbors, or employer and see what gaps in emergency preparedness might be addressed. You may be taken much more seriously if you bring relevant information and suggestions for how to implement a plan to ensure the health and safety of yourself and your community.
Family preparedness starts with you but doesn’t have to stop there!
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