April 26, 2013
This She Prep column is being written in advance. As I think about what could have happened by this day, I wonder if it was a recovery week, or if another tragic situation occurred. This leads me to ask if I'm prepared in my own home for my family with the necessary goods. Are you? Is your station? You can, and should, assist your listener with the tools to feel like they, and you, are ready for the next celebration, and unfortunately, challenging time.
Our government has prepared a good site with information on this, called "Are You Ready?" It provides a step-by-step approach to disaster preparedness by walking the reader through how to get informed about local emergency plans, how to identify hazards that affect their local area, and how to develop and maintain an emergency communications plan, and disaster supplies kit.
Other topics covered include: evacuation, emergency public shelters, animals in disaster, and information specific to people with access and functional needs. It also provides in-depth information on specific hazards including: what to do before, during and after each hazard type.
The following hazards are covered: floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, thunderstorms and lightning, winter storms and extreme cold, extreme heat, earthquakes, volcanoes, landslide and debris flows (mudslide), tsunamis, fires, wildfires, hazardous materials incidents, household chemical emergencies, nuclear power plant and terrorism (including explosion, biological, chemical, nuclear and radiological hazards).
Hope that's not too heavy for your weekend.
Here's the link: http://www.ready.gov/are-you-ready-guide
• Get more She Prep at www.ShePrep.com