Wednesday, September 12, 2012

A Key Element of Preparedness: Self-Reliance

September marks National Preparedness Month, and it's a great time for you and your family to review preparedness plans and update emergency kits. Does your business, organization, church or school have an emergency plan? Find out! Many resources are available to help you become prepared and self-reliant in case of a disaster. Reach out to emergency response and preparedness groups in your community for advice or assistance, and participate in events that educate your community about preparedness.

1. Learn about emergency hazards & the appropriate responses
2. Make a communications plan  
3. Build an emergency kit 
All disasters are inherently local. They affect families and their communities, businesses and their customers, and organizations and their members. It takes all aspects of a community – not just the government – to effectively prepare, respond, and recover from emergencies and disasters. Building community resilience requires close coordination between the government, community organizations, individuals, and emergency managers to plan for the needs of the whole community.
However, the most important thing you can do as an individual is to be self-reliant during disasters
Peparedness is an individual responsibility. If you are prepared, it frees up valuable resources and allows our first responders to assist those who are in the greatest need. Self-reliance also extends to helping neighbors and friends around you who may need help before emergency responders can arrive. 
Start preparing now

It is important to prepare now. Families may not be together when an emergency happens and you may not have access to cell phones, gas stations, banks, grocery stores or some of the other things that you are used to having every day. Be informed. Make a plan. Build a kit. Get involved.

Preparedness kits are needed in multiple locations like your home, cars, and at your workplaces

Disasters can happen at any time, so it is important to be prepared at places where you spend large amounts of time, including your home, your office, and your car.

Important Links for Staying Informed, Making a Plan, Building a Kit, and Getting Involved

Your involvement is crucial in being prepared and taking care of yourself and your family. It also plays a vital role in helping your community react, respond, and recover from emergencies and disasters. Remember to make a plan, get a kit, and stay informed!