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. 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 SAMHSA Behavioral Health Disaster Response mobile app is designed to help disaster responders ensure that resources are accessible to first responders. 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. 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. Preparation is about communicating and building relationships with the people around you before a disaster occurs. 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. The EU supports early warning and monitoring systems, and funds projects to strengthen disaster response capacities at national and local levels.
The SAMHSA Disaster Technical Assistance Center (DTAC) supports SAMHSA's efforts to prepare states, territories, and tribes to provide an effective behavioral health response to disasters. 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. Preparing for, responding to and recovering from disasters and traumatic events is essential to the behavioral health of individuals and communities alike. It's also common for people to show signs of stress after being exposed to a disaster, so it's important to monitor the physical and emotional health of those affected, as well as those who respond to the needs of others.
Fortunately, resiliency in disaster recovery is normal, not extraordinary, and people demonstrate this capacity regularly.