Preparedness For Disasters And Emergencies

Natural disasters and emergencies often cause devastating damage to the community. However, there are common steps to take to stay prepared to respond quickly to any emergency at a moment’s notice. This includes building a disaster kit and formulating a plan to protect the household. In addition, natural emergency response from DEMPS (Disaster Emergency Medical Personnel System) will likely be available within a few hours to days after the disaster.

Disaster Situations

Disasters can strike from a variety of sources that include:

  • Drought
  • Earthquakes
  • Chemical emergenciesExtreme
  • Heat
  • Hurricanes
  • Floods
  • Tornadoes
  • Radiation
  • Thunderstorms
  • Bioterrorism and terrorism
  • Volcanoes
  • Wildfires

National Emergency Response

When catastrophic events happen in the nation, the government quickly responds. The Disaster Emergency Medical Personnel System (DEMPS) provides the necessary volunteers required to deliver health care and medical assistance in times of natural and man-made disasters. These volunteers are often from various occupations and can include doctors, nurses, and individuals providing food service. A fast response to an emergency and ongoing support is a crucial component of providing the community continuous health care.

Build a Kit

Every household can quickly construct the disaster supply kit with a collection of useful basic items the family will need if an emergency arises. It is always best to build the kit and keep it in a closet in the home. This will ensure that the family has the supplies they need.

The kit should contain every component for survival after emergency. This includes bottled water, canned foods and other necessary supplies in quantities that will last for at least three days. The supplies need to be sufficient for every member of the family. In all likelihood, relief workers, DEMPS personnel and local officials will arrive on the scene once the disasters over. However, they likely will not be able to reach every individual immediately. They could be hours or days before help arrives.

Consider that basic services including water, gas, electricity, telephones and sewage treatment may be unavailable for days, weeks or more. The supply kit should contain essential items to survive without basic services.

Develop a Plan

It is essential that every household develop an effective emergency plan that is created well in advance. The plan should include the location of a safe place, and exactly how to reach it. It should also contain information as to how every member of the family will make contact with one another, and how to reunite.

It is important to develop an emergency plan for every location where the family spends their days and nights. This includes work, school, daycare, sporting events and the roads travel when commuting.

Disabled Individuals

Consider taking extra precautions when developing a plan if anyone in the family is disabled. Extra precaution should be taken for family members with mobility issues, along with seeing, learning or hearing disabilities.

A disaster can happen without warning anywhere, at any time. Ensure that you have a family disaster plan, and routinely revise it and practice it. Continuously update the emergency preparedness kit with fresh supplies. Have one or more family members in every household train for CPR/AED and first aid. This way, you are assured the family is prepared.

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