Week 4: Get involved in preparedness in the community

Preparedness Tip #1
Check your child’s school Web site or call the school office to request a copy of the school’s emergency plan. Keep a copy at home and work or other places where you spend a lot of your time and make sure the school’s plan is incorporated into your family’s emergency plan. Also, learn about the disaster plans at your workplace or other places where you and your family spend time,

Preparedness Tip #2
A community working together during an emergency makes sense. Talk to your neighbors about how you can work together during an emergency. Find out if anyone has specialized equipment like a power generator, or expertise such as medical knowledge, that might help in a crisis.

Preparedness Tip #3
If disaster strikes while you’re at work do you know the emergency preparedness plan for your workplace? While many companies have been more alert and pro-active in preparing for disasters of all types since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, a national survey indicates many employees still don’t know what their workplace plan is for major or minor disasters. If you don’t know yours, make a point to ask.

Preparedness Tip #4
Read the information on your city, county and/or state government web sites as well as the “Be Prepared” section of www.redcross,org or Ready.gov and print emergency preparedness information. Be sure to keep a copy with your disaster supplies kit, it can provide telephone numbers, addresses and other information you need when electronic connections are not available options for obtaining the information.

Preparedness Tip #5
Check out volunteer groups you could join in your area.  Red Cross, Salvation Army, various church groups all have response plans for disasters.  Check with your local health department about joining the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC).

Preparedness Tip #6
Learn CPR.  You may be able to help save someone’s life.

Preparedness Tip #7
After a disaster people’s behavior may change—not able to sleep, not eating, nightmares, flashbacks, constant crying, depression.  Recognize all these are normal reactions and let people know you are there and you will all get through this together.