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Do you need to be Planning for Disaster

Do you have a plan? Do you know what you’re going to do in the event of an emergency… or a disaster? If you answered no, you’re not alone. Having a plan for the emergency or disaster scenario means having to think about a nightmare that you do not want happening.

Do we have control over whether or not that nightmare happens? Sometimes, but not always. What we can do is to take different steps to mitigate or lessen the impact, if not altogether prevent, an emergency or disaster by planning ahead; and yes, that means thinking about the “hypothetical” but realistic dangers that we face every day. Take a quick look at the following list of Disasters & Emergencies:

  • Active Shooter
  • Attacks in Public Places
  • Avalanche
  • Bioterrorism
  • Chemical Emergencies
  • Cybersecurity
  • Drought
  • Earthquakes
  • Explosions
  • Extreme Heat
  • Floods
  • Hazardous Materials Incidents
  • Home Fires
  • Household Chemical Emergencies
  • Hurricanes

  • Landslides & Debris Flow
  • Nuclear Explosion
  • Nuclear Power Plants
  • Pandemic
  • Power Outages
  • Radiological Dispersion Device
  • Severe Weather
  • Snowstorms & Extreme Cold
  • Space Weather
  • Thunderstorms & Lightning
  • Tornadoes
  • Tsunamis
  • Volcanoes
  • Wildfires

Don’t let the sheer number scare you into oblivion; rather write down this list with space in front to place a checkmark or a number. Once you’ve written down the list, think about things that have happened within an hours drive from where you live or work; now go through and put a 1 in front of any thing that has happened in the last year. Now go back through and write a 3 in front of anything that has happened in the last 3 years. Now the same with a 5 for anything that has happened in the last 5 years. Finally; place a checkmark in front of any events that have a history of having occurred; even if it was 50 years ago, or has the possibility to occur within reason. Anything that hasn’t been checked off, simply put a dash. You may want to do separate lists for home, work, and even school. 

Now you should have a list that shows not only your risks but show them in a tiered fashioned from high probability to low probability.

TIP: Re-write your list grouping each indicator top to bottom with 1 at the top of the list with the dashes on the bottom of the list

This list gives you a starting point in your planning process to prepare for emergencies and disaster. Take the time to look at the list and to think about how they effect you and when/how often they affect you and your area. If there is an emergency or disaster that has effected you that is not listed, write it into your list.

Next Step? 

Look out for the next posting? Here is a peak…

Formulate a plan by discussing the following questions with your family, your friends, or your household.

  • How will you receive emergency alerts and warnings?
  • What is my family/household communication plan?
  • What is my shelter plan?
  • What is my evacuation route?
  • Do I need to update/create my emergency preparedness kit?
  • Check with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and update my emergency plans due to Coronavirus.
    • Get cloth face coverings (for everyone over 2 years old), disinfectants, and check my sheltering plan.

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