If recent weather events such as Sandy and Irene have shown us anything -- it's that we all must do a better job of understanding the "bigger picture" -- understanding how all of the different organizations work and operate in what will no doubt be a highly-stressed environment. Successful management of future disasters -- whether natural or man-made -- will only be achieved if we all work and train well together. Individual preparedness comes first, then neighborhood readiness.
It's up to you to ensure that you and your family are prepared. Doing nothing means you're counting on others to take care of you. Preparedness is how we change behavior to "get ready" for the impact of emergency or disaster events for ourselves, our family, and our community. Human beings go through life thinking that they are not at risk. We tell ourselves we are safe and nothing will happen to us. We don't need to live in a state of fear, but we do need to have an awareness that terrible things can and will happen and the effects of these things can be lessened if we prepare and are ready.
Complacency and reliance on government have no place in preparing for anticipated disasters. All community members must become actively involved, taking personal responsibility for their own survival. This means knowing how to survive an actual event by planning and preparing for an event and knowing how to provide for yourself and your family during an emergency. If you think you are immune to the possibly of a disaster ocurring in your community, you are gambling with your safety and the safety of your loved ones.
The Personal Emergency Preparedness program is a simple, two-hour course based on the most reliable hazard awareness and emergency education information available, as well as the best practices for preparedness recommended by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
The goal of this training is to prepare community members with the necessary skills and information to survive and cope with a disaster whenever it may occur. Emergency response professionals emphasize the critical importance that all citizens be prepared to survive for 72 hours, in their homes, following a disaster.
Topics to be discussed include:
Community Preparedness: Roles and Responsibilities
Personal/Family Disaster Plan Preparation
How to Assemble a Disaster Supply Kit
Preparing Yourself and Your Home: What to do Before the Event
Keeping Safe During the Disaster: Hurricanes/Storms, Floods, Fires, Power Outages, Tornadoes
Host this course for your community, organization, or business today to help turn your neighborhood into a community of survivors.
This training course has been designed to help the citizens of this nation learn how to protect themselves and their families against all types of hazards. The knowledge gained during this course can be used to plan and develop your emergency plan for your family, your business, and your community. The reference materials supplied during the course can be used as a step-by-step manual to guide you through the process.
Participants will learn the steps to take to prepare for emergencies and how to build a disaster kit that will contain the necessary supplies to keep them and their families safe during an emergency.