Disaster Preparedness Update April 7, 2010

April 7, 2010 at 10:07 pm Leave a comment

With all of the recent earthquake news from Chile, the Far East and Northern Mexico it seemed like a good time to reprise some basic preparedness information.

First of all, let me be blunt, you need to have a plan that considers the likely disasters that might occur in your area and has at least some basic plan points to cover these situations. Okay, so you haven’t made a plan and need somewhere to start.

CERT (Community Emergency Response Team): http://www.citizencorps.gov/cert

This site will allow you to get to the local organization that can offer you training and resources.

Red Cross: http://www.redcross.org/ Start here and drill down to the local chapter to find helpful worksheets on basic plans, what should be in your first aid kit and training opportunities.

Ready.Gov: http://www.ready.gov/ Good basic information and starting point.

Lastly a site sponsored or at least approved by the City of San Fransisco: http://72hours.org/ The name relates directly to the amount of time you would likely be on your own in the event of a major emergency and therefore your basic planning window.

I have other posts on this same subject: https://askthefm.wordpress.com/category/planning/disaster-preparedness-planning/ that will cover other aspects of this important topic.

Just few more pointers for tonight:

1. Make sure you have at least a basic first aid kit at home and in your car, that is current.

2. Accumulate a couple hundred dollars in small bills (1, 5, 10’s) so that you can pay only the amount    for inflationary priced supplies. If all you have is a $20 bill to pay for that bottle of water, guess what the price is?

3. Make sure that all of your family members know the number of an out of area contact in case you are separated and allow that person to coordinate messages.  Outgoing long distance lines will be more likely to be accessible during an emergency than incoming and local calling.

Now I would be remiss if I didn’t give at least one toy.  The USGS has a great overlay for Google Earth that can be downloaded here: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/ that will show recent activity and past activity over the last week.  This is neat and kind of scary all at the same time.

As always I thank you for your time and interest. Please take the time to Digg, Stumble Upon or add to the other social network of your choice to help me spread the word about these issues. Please forward any questions or suggestions to: askthefm@gmail.com

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