Communities, families and individuals must know what to do in the event of a fire and where to seek shelter during a severe storm. Effective preparedness measures taken today can make the difference between life and death tomorrow. That's why it's important to be prepared. Emergencies are overwhelming and stressful, even for professionals.
Your critical thinking skills may deteriorate, especially if you haven't previously received training to manage the scenario you're facing. Emergency preparedness ensures that you have the right skills and the right state of mind to manage a disaster. In addition, ensuring that people are prepared for disease outbreaks and have evacuation plans for natural disasters is key to helping them stay safe. In addition, providing accurate and complete information can help people take steps to protect themselves during emergencies.
In times of disaster, 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. The government should find good information on how to develop a family disaster plan, create a disaster supply kit, a communication plan with your family's important numbers, and many other useful tips and information about different types of hazards. The European Commission contributes to Sendai Priority 4 by ensuring that disaster preparedness is systematically integrated into humanitarian aid programs and projects in all sectors.
Preparation is about communicating and building relationships with the people around you before a disaster occurs. In today's blog, learn more about why it's important to prepare for disasters, what the National Ocean Service is doing to prepare, and some tips on how you can prepare. For example, educating your community about the importance of emergency preparedness can encourage people to stock up on additional medications to ensure they have what they need in the event of a disaster. When a disaster approaches, the National Ocean Service must be prepared to provide a wide range of scientific, technical and political knowledge to support response activities and inform recovery.
The DPP expands the activities of the OR&R Gulf of Mexico Disaster Response Center, streamlining operational capacities, preparedness efforts and knowledge to ensure that trade, communities and natural resources can recover as soon as possible after disasters. The EU supports early warning and monitoring systems, and funds projects to strengthen disaster response capacities at national and local levels.