Emergency Preparedness

Emergencies can range from inconvenient to devastating. County Emergency Managers, the medical community and public health have been developing plans to respond to all emergencies quickly and appropriately.  Businesses, schools and other community partners have also joined in preparing for whatever emergency might come out way.

Emergencies could be weather related like ice storms, floods, or tornadoes. A fire or a train or truck caring chemicals could overturn, causing you to evacuate your home.  A pandemic could cause illness limiting your ability to leave your home.

An influenza pandemic is a very large outbreak of flu, usually affecting the entire world.  Some pandemics - like the ones in 1957 and 1968 - are relatively mild.  But another pandemic like the one in 1918 could have a devastating effect on society.  Roughly a third of the population may be sick, and another 10 percent could be reluctant to come to work.  But the impact of the disease is only part on the picture: The larger challenge may simply be to keep society running, and provide for basics like food, water, electricity and routine health care.  For more information on Pandemic Influenza.

Preparedness is everyone's job.  Every individual or family should have a plan for how they will respond to emergencies, just as government agencies, businesses, schools, and other service groups have been working on their emergency plans.  Each person must be ready to act on their own.  One of the keys for the safety of your family is to be prepared for the first 24 to 72 hours of an emergency.  Start today to prepare for an emergency.

 

ChildCareAware of America: Help Child Care Programs PREPARE, RESPOND, and RECOVER from Natural Disasters and Emergencies.  www.childcareprepare.org

 

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