When Hurricane Sandy hit, we were reminded that unplanned incidents such as hurricanes can and do affect the everyone. A major hurricane could put some parts of the East Coast under as much as 30 feet of water. It is important for everyone to ensure that their Go Bag and emergency supply kit are fully stocked with items they may need in a hurricane or other emergency. These items include water, canned food, and a flashlight. The Emergency Response Consulting Group is a member of the READYCampaign, founded after 9/11 to increase preparedness throughout all communities in the U.S., and taking an active role in helping individuals, businesses, municipalities and schools prepare for emergencies.
What does it mean to be prepared?
It means households have an emergency supply kit so they can be self-reliant for at least three days in case of emergency, and they have a plan for how they will respond and reconnect after an emergency. For information on creating a supply kit and writing a plan, visit Ready.gov. Being prepared means employers have planned for how they will survive a disaster: they’ve backed up critical information, developed a plan for assisting employees on site, established a call tree to account for employees, and identified back-up sources of power and supplies. Being prepared means businesses, schools, municipalities, community groups, and other organizations have developed, implemented, and communicated crisis plans.
The Emergency Response Consulting Group offers seminars, presentations and courses to educate community members, business owners, and the public to become better prepared and informed, at home, at work, and in your community.
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We ask you to take time to make sure you are prepared for future emergencies.
If you’ve seen the news recently, you know that emergencies can happen unexpectedly in communities just like yours, to people like you. We’ve seen tornado outbreaks, river floods and flash floods, historic earthquakes, tsunamis, and even water main breaks and power outages in U.S. cities affecting millions of people for days at a time.
You must prepare and plan in the event you must go for three days without electricity, water service, access to a supermarket, or local services for several days. Just follow these three steps:
1. Get a Kit: Keep enough emergency supplies on hand for you and those in your care – water, non-perishable food, first aid, prescriptions, flashlight, battery-powered radio – for a checklist of supplies click here. 2. Make a Plan: Discuss, agree on, and document an emergency plan with those in your care. For sample plans, see Ready.gov. Work together with neighbors, colleagues and others to build community resilience. 3. Be Informed: Free information is available to assist you from federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial resources. You can find preparedness information by:
Know what to do before, during, and after an emergency Visit the Emergency Response Consulting Group's "Current Alerts" webpage to get essential information on specific hazards to your area, local plans for shelter and evacuation, ways to get information before and during an emergency, and how to sign up for emergency alerts on our Twitter and Facebook social media feeds as they are broadcast. Attend a seminar or training course from the Emergency Response Consulting Group to obtain information about emergency preparedness.
Police, fire, and rescue personnel may not always be able to reach you quickly, such as if trees and power lines are down or if they're overwhelmed by demand from an emergency. The most important step you can take in helping your local responders is being able to take care of yourself and those in your care; the more people who are prepared, the quicker the community will recover.
As FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate reminds us, "Individuals and families are the most important members of the nation's emergency management team. Being prepared can save precious time if there is a need to respond to an emergency."
For more information on preparedness, visit our emergency-specific "Community Preparedness" webpages from our website menu.
You may need to survive on your own after an emergency. This means having your own food, water, and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least three days. Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone immediately. You could get help in hours, or it might take days. In addition, basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment, and telephones may be cut off for days, or even a week or longer.
Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to plan in advance: how you will contact one another; how you will get back together; and what you will do in different situations.
Some of the things you can do to prepare for the unexpected, such as making an emergency supply kit and developing a family communications plan, are the same for both a natural or man-made emergency. However, there are important differences among potential emergencies that will impact the decisions you make and the actions you take. Learn more about the potential emergencies that could happen where you live and the appropriate way to respond to them.
In addition, learn about the emergency plans that have been established in your area by your state and local government. Emergency preparedness is no longer the sole concern of earthquake prone Californians and those who live in the part of the country known as "Tornado Alley." For Americans, preparedness must now account for man-made disasters as well as natural ones. Knowing what to do during an emergency is an important part of being prepared and may make all the difference when seconds count.