Preparedness is all the things we do before a disaster occurs to lessen the impact of the disaster, increase our safety during the disaster, and expedite recovery when the disaster is over. Preparedness is a shared responsibility that begins with you. We know in a large emergency or disaster we might not be able to get to everyone that needs help right away. It is important that your family is prepared to take care of themselves for at least 72 hours.
An alarming poll conducted in 2012 by the Adelphi University Center for Health Innovations found that many of the adults surveyed were not prepared for an emergency. Among the findings were:
- 44% don’t have first aid kits
- 48% lacked emergency supplies
- 53% do not have a minimum three day supply of non-perishable foods and water at home
- 52% have not designated a family meeting place if they are separated during an emergency
- 42% do not know the phone numbers of all of their immediate family members
- 37% do not have a list of the medications that they take
Other reports indicate that the percentage of Americans that are prepared for a disaster could be less than 6%.
There are a lot of reasons why people don’t prepare for an emergency. Perhaps you think that a disaster won’t happen to you or that being prepared is too expensive. Maybe you have been meaning to get more prepared but other matters have taken priority. Whatever the challenges are it is important to take preparedness seriously. Once the disaster is happening it is too late to prepare.
We are not suggesting that you need elaborate emergency plans, underground bunkers and enough food stored to last several years. Some very basic preparation taken before a disaster can effect what your life will be like after. You and your family are too precious to leave your well being to chance. Please take a moment to review the links at the top of this page and begin creating a family emergency plan, developing a 72 hour supply kit, and being more informed of the disasters we potentially face.
In just a few simple steps you will be well on your way to being prepared for the disaster we hope never happens and the little emergencies that happen every day.