Disasters happen unexpectedly and it is important for communities and families to be prepared. Disaster preparedness can prevent a bad situation from becoming worse. As emergencies come in many forms, having the right knowledge and doing the right things can save many lives.
Proper disaster preparedness is much more than providing the community officials the tools they need. They should do proper planning, preparation, education, recovery and response when it comes to calamities.
In case an emergency, such as an earthquake, fire, tornado, hurricane or flood occurs, the community should be prepared to handle the situation.
Proper Tools and Equipment
Other than preparing disaster tools and supplies per household, it is important for communities to be equipped with high-end equipment in case of emergencies. For instance, in the case of a strong hurricane or flooding, the community should have Argo utilities, such as UTV, to use for rescue operations. Moreover, Shank’s Argo recommends having essential tools, clothing, food, medications, and sanitary supplies that are easily accessible.
Community officials should establish a warning system. This should include sirens, warnings in televisions and radio stations, and door-to-door information in the event of a disaster. They should inform all constituents of the dangers of staying in their homes during the calamity. Moreover, the community members should be informed of evacuation routes, emergency procedures, and temporary shelters.
The community should help families prepare for any calamity, as well. Each household should be informed of the basic items they need to pack, the emergency kit, and the food they can keep in case disaster strikes.
Emergencies strike at times people least expect them. The importance of disaster preparedness is more than just preparing for calamities, but also helping each other in times of need. With the right preparation, any calamity or disaster will be surpassed and many lives will be saved.