Preparing is everyone's job. In times of disasters, you have a responsibility to protect yourself and your family. During the first few hours or days after a disaster, essential services may not be available and emergency workers may be scarce. Disasters are unpredictable and it's important to be prepared and have the right supplies.
Natural disasters, accidents and tragedies are bound to happen sometimes. While you can't completely avoid them, it can help mitigate the impact when disasters strike. Emergency preparedness is the easiest way to reduce damage when something bad happens. From taking your own steps at home to calling organizations created to help during disasters, let's take a closer look at what you can do to keep yourself and your family safe in the event of an emergency.
And the list may change depending on the type of disaster and the specific characteristics of the situation. Being prepared for a fire may not help you survive an earthquake. A plan to save people from a flood is unlikely to be useful in the event of a bombing. A method for evacuating mobile patients from a hospital may not work for disabled patients or those who require specialized equipment to survive.
We must consider all potential threats to our communities, as well as the social vulnerability of groups that include the homeless, the elderly and the disabled.