By now, you have your disaster kit built and you've developed your disaster plan and practiced it. You're ready for any disaster that may strike! Right? Wrong?
Part of any good plan should incorporate information flow. How will you get information to know what first responders are doing so you will know what you and your family will need to do yourself? How will you know what areas have particular hazards caused by the disaster?
Severe weather disasters can include downed power lines, frozen roads, and flooded streams as well as cause hazardous materials to be released in your area. Staying informed is the final key to survival. A kit or plan alone will not save you. Only when you have the final piece to the puzzle can you say that you are prepared.
For more information go to uab.edu/emergency or go to www.srh.noaa.gov/bmx/?n=outreach_beingprepared3
You may have all of your disaster supplies gathered up and all in one place. You may have practiced using some of the supplies in your kit so you'll know how to use them when the time comes. But, did you know that not having a plan that everyone in your family has practiced could lead to a much more significant personal disaster than it has to be?
Disasters happen then things are hectic and chaos ensues. Having and practicing a plan will allow you and your loved ones to think instinctively in an emergency. You want to have a plan that everyone knows and, when the time comes, can act without thinking much about it. As the Nike slogan says “Just Do It!”.
For more information on creating and testing a plan visit uab.edu/emergency or go to www.srh.noaa.gov/bmx/?n=outreach_beingprepared2.
We have all seen images of stranded motorists and individuals wandering the streets when a disaster strikes but did you know that with a little bit of preparation you don’t have to be one of the ones unsure of their survival?
The Department of Occupational Health and Safety Emergency Management has prepared lists of everyday items necessary for one’s survival. These items can be easily purchased in most any general store and some you may already have. The items need to be placed in a container that is dedicated to disaster survival.
For additional information go to http://www.srh.noaa.gov/bmx/?n=outreach_beingprepared