September is a month for many major hurricanes and tropical storms threaten the U.S., mostly from the Atlantic Ocean. The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) issued a preparation statement during the weekend advising the public that it’s National Preparedness Month. The theme for this week is for everyone to make an emergency plan, encouraging each of us to write, share and practice it.
I know – much of the U.S. does not live near the coast to be threatened by hurricanes or tropical storms, but what about tornados? What about ice storms? What about events that may require us to remain indoors, or without electrical power? Have you thought through the “what if” scenario sufficiently?
All communities worldwide should be prepared for the what if.
Florida has a great plan to encourage the public to think through potential threats. https://floridadisaster.org/.
Additionally, all of us should keep informed from local emergency planners and response agencies as all disasters are local.
Florida’s emergency management division suggests the following concept for a basic plan.
Step 1: Put together a plan by discussing these 4 questions with your family, friends, or household to start your emergency plan.
How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings?
- What is my shelter plan?
- What is my evacuation route?
- What is my family/household communication plan?
Step 2: Consider specific needs in your household.
As you prepare your plan tailor your plans and supplies to your specific daily living needs and responsibilities. Discuss your needs and responsibilities and how people in the network can assist each other with communication, care of children, business, pets, or specific needs like the operation of durable medical equipment. Create your own personal network for specific areas where you need assistance.
Step 3: Create an Emergency Plan
You can download a America’s PrepareAthon template plan.
Step 4: Practice your plan with your family/household
Be safe, regardless of the time of year! You are special!