September is “National Preparedness Month”
FEMA estimates that 70 percent of Americans haven’t practiced or prepared for an emergency. Even with 24/7 news stories of disasters devastating communities across the U.S. and throughout the world, most families and individuals alike aren’t thinking about floods, wildfires, hurricanes, power outages and other serious events that could happen at any time. The emergency management industry is hoping that recognizing September as National Preparedness Month will change that.
As a national leader in emergency preparedness, BCFS Health and Human Services’ Emergency Management Division (BCFS EMD) wants you to be just as prepared as our responders during dire situations.
If this is your first time preparing, here are a few helpful ideas to get started:
- Every community is different. Do your homework to ensure your plan fits your community.
- Communication is vital. Speak to everyone when preparing. Speak to everyone throughout the incident. The more informed your network is, the better your chances of survival.
- Preparedness kits aren’t all alike. Be sure to identify the particular items you and your family will need to survive. This includes medication, equipment and even comfort items.
- Don’t just plan, PRACTICE! Designate a day every couple of months for your family to practice your plan. Just like top athletes, through practice and muscle memory will help you execute when the pressure is really on.
Just like communities, BCFS EMD has to remain prepared at all times. As a non-profit partner of federal, state and local government and private industries, our team is always updating and refining our skills and knowledge. Our training and exercises provide tailored preparation to any state, jurisdiction or health care entity’s needs. By implementing hands-on workshops and exercises, BCFS EMD helps strengthen the knowledge of communities and organizations seeking further response insight.
BCFS President and CEO Kevin C. Dinnin said it best when he said, “By empowering communities and organizations with the best measures to ensure their safety, BCFS EMD strives to make every individual ready for the worst potential scenarios in their life. We take great pride in being part of these preparations and training.”
Don’t be left unprepared. Make the commitment this month to ensuring you and your family are prepared if — and when — emergencies happen.