Sunday, November 1, 2015

*** 2016 Preparedness - Start Early and Be Steadfast ***

 April : It's National Preparedness Month


         As natural disasters and terrorist incidents increase in frequency and intensity, it is concerning to think how complacent we can get. At times, we may find ourselves postponing our preparation for some future, more urgent time, when we feel we are more likely to be affected.

        I feel the recent Brussels attack really hit home for many who previously felt somewhat removed from what was happening in other places, besides their own backyard. During the attacks a couple of missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints were among the numerous individuals who were  injured, while several individuals lost their lives that day. We were reminded that we are all vulnerable, but not alone during such difficult times (See video of Elder Wells' survival experience below). 

           How many of us in the United States can actually say that we are ready for an experience similar to that of Elder Wells? Luckily, we are not alone in our preparedness efforts. There are various organizations and resources in our community that are helping our citizens be more prepared. Participation in the National PrepareAthon  on National Preparedness Month is a great opportunity for individuals and organizations to further recognize the importance of being prepared. To participate this month or in the near future, all we need to do is choose an activity, formulate a plan, and carry it out. Not as hard as us procrastinators make it out to be :).

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Welcome and First Steps (Updated 2/5/16)

Welcome to our family's emergency preparedness website. This blog is focused on preparing for disasters that are likely to be faced by those living on or near the west coast.

If a disaster strikes,  are you and your loved ones ready ? You can take a few steps every month to help prepare yourself and your loved ones for life threatening emergencies they are likely to face. Start with First Steps below  if you have not completed them already ( Click here to learn what we are working on this month, or to view all previous monthly goals go to this page):

 First Steps

1. Have your family  general disaster preparedness and fire safety plans ready .This includes regularly reviewing and practicing what you will do with your family and others that may be involved, which includes having a family communication plan  in place.

2. Have your 72-hour "go kit" or bag ready.

3. Register your cell and/or any non-landline phone for the Alert San Diego emergency notification system. Don't have a cell, or don't know how to text ? Get a cell phone and learn how to text message (almost free phones and services available now)

4. Download an Emergency Preparedness app ( SD Emergency and/or Emergency sponsored by the Red Cross ).  Don't have a smart phone ? There are smart phones you can get for as low as $40 . Having a smartphone with one or both of these apps will allow you to have valuable emergency preparedness info and alerts available to you 24/7 .