How prepared do you think your family would be right now if a natural disaster struck?
According to research on the Department of Homeland Security’s ready.gov website, many people who believe themselves “prepared” for disasters often aren’t as ready as they think. 40% of those research respondents did not have a household plan and 80% had not conducted home evacuation drills. 20% reported having a disability that would affect their capacity to act in a disaster, and only 1 out of 4 of that 20% made arrangements that would aid in their safe emergency response.
Being prepared can reduce fear, anxiety, and losses that accompany disasters. Communities, families, and individuals should know what to do, where to seek shelter, and how to communicate with loved ones. If people need to leave their homes, they need to know how to care for their basic needs and what to expect when taking refuge in a public shelter. People can also reduce the impact of disaster by purchasing flood or earthquake insurance, implementing fire-wise landscaping, securing items that could shake loose in an earthquake and learning more ways to avoid danger altogether.
No matter who you are, the threat of disaster is very real in our area. The Wasatch Fault, on average, has a large magnitude earthquake every 300-400 years, and it’s been about 350 years since the last big earthquake. Disasters are more commonplace than ever, and each has lasting effects.
As local responders, we want to help you, but we may not be able to reach you immediately while we focus on getting the community infrastructure back online. You and your family need to be ready in the meantime.
The best resources for preparedness plans are on ready.gov, and you will thank yourself for taking the steps needed to put your safety in your own hands.