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The theme for this year’s Ready Campaign promoting September as National Preparedness Month is “Resolve to Be Ready in 2012.” This public awareness drive encourages individuals and community leaders to make the resolution to take the necessary steps to be prepared for emergencies.
Preparedness is an individual responsibility. By being prepared as individuals, we free up valuable resources, including allowing our first responders to assist those who are in the greatest need.
Self-reliance extends to helping neighbors and friends who you might reach before emergency responders do. Some people might need extra help. Be ready to lend a hand to those in need.
The following preparedness tips are offered to assist families, businesses and communities.
Be sure to consider additional items to meet family members’ unique needs such as prescription medications and glasses, infant formula and diapers, pet food, extra water for your pet, leash and collar, books, games, puzzles or other activities for children and important family documents. Copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records should be placed in a waterproof, portable container.
Be sure to ask how they will communicate with families during a crisis, if they store adequate food, water and other basic supplies and if they are prepared to provide shelter where they are and where they plan to go if they must evacuate.
Find out what kinds of disasters, both natural and man-made, are most likely to occur in your area and how you will be notified. Methods of getting your attention vary from community to community. One common method is to broadcast via emergency radio and TV broadcasts. You might hear a special siren, receive a telephone call or emergency workers might go door to door.
Lincoln Trail District Health Department works with local emergency partners throughout the district to prepare for emergencies through planning, training and exercise activities. This is done to make our response more efficient during the time of a disaster and, therefore, prepare our staff to better assist the residents of our counties.
The health department also sponsors Lincoln Trail Medical Reserve Corps. The Medical Reserve Corps is a group of local volunteers who want to become better prepared to help their communities. To join, please contact Fred Singleton at (270) 769-1601, ext. 1046 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each citizen also needs to do her or his part to prepare for emergencies. Go to www.ready.gov and www.homelandsecurity.ky.gov/community for more information about preparing yourself, your family and your home for potential disasters.
Donny Gill is a health educator at the Hardin County Health Department. He can be reached at email@example.com.