2012 may be remembered as the year when we realized how disasters of many kinds could affect any of us. With the year coming to a close, and in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, becoming more disaster prepared is topping many New Year’s resolution lists.
Below are our top 5 reasons for adding disaster preparedness to your New Year’s resolutions. How will you become more disaster prepared in 2013?
5. Community, local government and disaster relief organizations often are unable to get to everyone quickly. This became very evident during Hurricane Katrina, but was also an issue during Superstorm Sandy. During the superstorm, city police and fire departments quickly became inundated in the relief effort, and did not have the equipment or resources necessary to help many families trapped in their homes amidst rising floodwaters. Furthermore, relief organizations sometimes need to focus their efforts elsewhere in an emergency. Therefore, preparing for at least 3-5 days of survival can mean the difference between thriving or eating out of a dumpster.
4. Being prepared can help reduce fear or anxiety about unexpected disaster. If you live in an area affected by natural disasters, planning and taking appropriate measures to secure your house and emergency needs can reduce these fears. To ease your nerves, start small. Secure items that can shake loose if you live in an earthquake prone area. Or, begin flood proofing your home by relocating valuables to higher floors. As the year progresses, more preparedness measures should be underway.
3. You and your family can become self-reliant in an emergency situation, and care for your own basic needs. Families can and should prepare to become self-sufficient for at least three days in a disaster (the average number of days before rescue). This includes having access to a survival garden, and the means to provide shelter, warmth, first aide, emergency food, water, and sanitation, and protection in an emergency.
2. You can help others. Preparing your own family early this year can mean more opportunities to secure additional emergency items for others in need.
1. You can reduce the risk of losing a loved one, a family pet, and valuable possessions. Keeping your loved ones safe from harm is the leading reason disaster preparedness is essential in 2013. Check out our other disaster preparedness posts to ensure your family, pets and valuables stay safe in a survival situation. Share the information with your family, and teach your children what to expect and how to respond in an emergency.
Here’s to a safe and well prepared 2013!
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