Disaster Preparedness

Since we all know that winter is approaching us (and since I missed posting in September,National Preparedness Month ), I thought I’d like to cover some ways to be prepared in the event of an emergency, or to prevent them from becoming worse that they need to be.

1. You should have smoke detectors and the batteries should be changed during the spring/fall time change.

2. The Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) has set up a website to help individuals and groups be prepared. Visit http://www.ready.gov/ for details about how to build an “emergency kit”, and family evacuation plans. In times of crisis you go with your training.

3. FEMA also has a website of full of tutorials for professionals and those of us wanting to know how to better protect ourselves. To access the list of courses, go to http://training.fema.gov/IS/crslist.asp?page=all. It includes topics like “A Citizen’s Guide to Disaster Assistance”, “Animals in Disasters: Awareness and Preparedness ” and “Are You Ready? An In-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness” among others. Take a look. Some of them can count as CEUs. This is for US RESIDENTS only.

4. If you have any questions, or need assistance, contact your local Emergency Management Office.

5. If you would like to be involved in your community tin the time of emergency, you might want to look into the Community Emergency Response Teams.

If you have any others, feel free to add them. To be forewarned is to be forearmed.

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