National Preparedness Month

Good Morning everyone. Hope all is well with all of you as we start our day right with a reminder of how important it is to prepare for emergencies. September is known as National Preparedness Month. Since September 11th, 2001, the US government has taken steps to ensure that everyone has taken precaution in preparing for natural and public health disasters. Not everyone lives by areas that are affected by natural disasters; however, emergencies never have itineraries. We would see a path of the hurricane on television but cannot relate expectation to reality until we experience it ourselves. Instead of scrambling around the house looking for things to pack, why not have it ready when you need it in a closet nook?

Since the ATF audience of this blog is from around the world, I have mentioned region-specific events by year from 2011 to 2016.
2011 Tōhoku Earthquake, Japan: On March 11, 2011, a mega underwater earthquake shook Pacific coast and affected thousands of lives across Japan because people were killed, displaced from their homes, and many missing. During an earthquake, move away from street lights, buildings, and utility wires. In Japan, the earthquake was followed by a tsunami. During a tsunami, do not just stand there and watch it happen for a YouTube video because you are putting yourself in danger. Run!
Courtesy of RT
Zika Virus Disease Outbreak. The Zika virus is spread from mosquito bites and these bugs aggressively bite! Since there is no current vaccine or medication to treat the virus, wear long-sleeved shirts, buy insect repellent and use as directed, and obtain mosquito netting to prevent bites at night.
Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, USA, 2012. As I remember correctly, 20 children were fatally shot by the gunman, along with 6 staff members. Follow instructions that your teachers are giving you during a lockdown. Even if it’s a drill take it seriously. Sandy Hook, Columbine High School, and Virginia Polytechnic Institute are real incidents that took the lives of innocent victims. These schools are popular around the world for the wrong reasons. School shootings are serious and knowing where to go in terms of evacuation is crucial for your safety and of others around you.
 Street artist Panzarino prepares a memorial as he writes the names of the Sandy Hook Elementary School victims during the six-month anniversary of the massacre, at Union Square in New York
Courtesy of Newsweek
1. Make a family communication plan. Imagine if you’re at different parts of town, with increasing amounts of rainfall, a flood is on its way. How will you communicate with your family, friends, and loved ones? The hypothetical scenarios mentioned are real not imaginary. Don’t let it happen to you.
2. Perform regular drills at school and work because you never know when you’ll be in danger.
3. Take Action and prepare your community. Participate in drills in your community to better understand preparedness efforts and your role as a volunteer. If you live in the US, click HERE to access the National Medical Reserve Corps’ website to find your local MRC units. As for me, I am involved with the Bucks County Medical Reserve Corps. From Psychological First Aid, Bioterrorism 101, to Emergency Preparedness Kit events, I have learned to better ready myself and family for unplanned emergencies. I take disaster preparedness seriously because we cannot repeat history as humanity by ignoring efforts to protect each other.
More tips can be found on website listed here:
**Local health departments can only do so much so it is our responsibility as community members to BE PREPARED.**
Additional Links:
What To Do In A Nuclear Emergency?
So what are you waiting for? Get Prepared. Get Ready. Be Safe. The header image is the courtesy of Ready.Gov.

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