Emergency Preparedness

Emergency situations can happen at any time and planning ahead can help you and your family stay safe in times of crisis. While surveys show that nearly 54% of people believe that their community will not experience a national disaster, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) says otherwise. During those times, help may not be immediately available and government agencies, like FEMA, urge citizens to be prepared to have enough food, water, medications and other necessary supplies to be self-sustaining for a minimum of 72-hours. “Life-threatening emergencies can happen fast. Emergency responders aren’t always nearby. You may be able to save a life by taking simple actions immediately,” says FEMA, “You Are the Help Until Help Arrives.” 

Many ask, “How can I become more prepared for a disaster?” Luckily FEMA, as part of it’s Ready campaign, has prepared a plethora of resources to aide adults and children alike to help them prepare for emergency situations.

According to FEMA, citizens can take a few simple steps to ensure that they are prepared in the case of an emergency. These steps include:

  1. Knowing about the different types of emergencies that could happen in YOUR community and what steps to take in the event that such an emergency would occur;
  2. Making a family emergency plan;
  3. Preparing a disaster/emergency supply kit; and,
  4. Taking action to educate and prepare yourself for emergencies before they occur.