It is important to become familiar with the emergency notifications that you might receive from your local Emergency Notification System and how you should respond. And it is also important that you include as part of your emergency planning becoming familiar with organizations that can provide you with not only assistance after the fact but can help you prepare. There are many dangers around us but help is available. Become aware, become knowledgeable, and become prepared.
The first local agency name that probably comes to mind is the Red Cross. They are the organization that is usually first to respond to almost all major emergencies like floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, hazardous material spills, transportation accidents, and explosions. They are connected all across America and offer various pre-emergency services, first aid training and other services in your local area.
Would your family know what to do in case of a fire? How would you respond if a flood, earthquake or tornado threatened your community? Would you know what to do for a bee sting or a serious burn? Emergencies come in many shapes and sizes, and while it is impossible to control every outcome, pre-planning with the assistance of the Red Cross library of tips and checklists will help you be ready before, during and after an emergency.
Another organization whose function is to provide you with assistance is your Emergency Management Agency. While we are most familiar with the federal agency (FEMA), there are also state EMAs. Both of these agencies, while specializing in post emergency services, can also help you get prepared by outlining local plans and recommendations for each hazard.
Your local Fire Department likely offers to come to your home or business to personally advise you on fire hazards, chemical hazards, and storm safety. Your local Police Department will likely offer to do the same and discuss safety issues with you and your family. They are also available to visit neighborhood meetings to discuss safety issues for your specific area. Take advantage of the hands-on advice from local experts.
Most schools and many businesses or office buildings have prepared Emergency Plans. Ask for copies of the plans for places you and your family members frequent. If an emergency comes to you at work, you will know what to do. If your children’s school is evacuated you will know where to find them.
When an emergency arises your first call is to 9-1-1 for help. Your call may lead to Emergency Notification messages being sent to others in danger.
The team at SafetyInformed has gone through the effort of gathering all the information you need to make sure that you and your family can be confident that you not only have a plan but that every family member knows their responsibility. We provide that information and a whole lot more to all our members through our free Emergency Plan workbook, monthly educational emails and related materials.
Next time we’ll take a look at how you can ensure that every member of your family is well informed, no matter where they live in America.
Being informed is the beginning of a successful plan and completing that plan requires just a little of your time. We’ll help you all the way… step by step.
The first step in keeping your family safe is to register all your mobile phones with local Reverse911 services
Learn step-by-step how to set up Reverse911 and create an effective Emergency Plan to protect your whole family before, during, and after the most common emergencies. It's FREE to sign up.