Be Prepared For Emergencies

Be Prepared for Emergencies
Gary Monk, CBCP

This article outlines what we, as individuals, can do to ensure the safety and survival of ourselves and our families during and after a disaster.

The unfortunate reality is that in these financially challenged times, the budgets of our local governments may not allow  for them to be there to assist us for three to seven days after a major disaster. First priority is given to hospitals, utilities, public infrastructure, etc.

So, as smart members of the community, we need to understand the need to have family emergency response plans for our family as well as businesses. During or after an event is not the time to do your planning. Now, before the inevitable emergency, is the time to do planning and purchase needed supplies.

I was exposed to this field in the mid-1980’s and got involved full-time after the 1989 Quake. Emergency Preparedness is important no matter where you live in the world, but especially to those of us that choose to live in California.

In Northern California, we face potential threats from earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, tornados, wild fires and a pandemic. Fortunately, there are a number of emergency preparedness resources available to you online.

One of the most comprehensive guides is titled Are You Ready? – An In Depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness.

The guide was revised in August 2004 to provide the most current and up-to-date Emergency Preparedness information
available. It provides a step-by-step approach to Emergency Preparedness by walking you through how to document an
emergency plan, how to develop and maintain an emergency communications plan, and how to prepare a disaster supplies kit. The guide is provided free online by FEMA:

It is important that you familiarize all family members with the emergency plan periodically. We have learned from past events that people have memory challenges during or immediately after an emergency due to the stress of the emergency. Practice and review of emergency plans increases the odds you can use them successfully during and after an event.

Additional Public Sector Publications available to you on the web:

Helping Children Cope with Disaster:

Food and Water in an Emergency:

Emergency Financial First Aid Kit:

Prepare, Plan and Stay Informed “Ready America:

There is a wealth of information available on the internet to assist you in developing family Emergency Plans. I look forward to sharing more with you in future articles on this topic.


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