THE FOUR IMMUTABLE LAWS OF EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS:
"IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO PROTECT YOUR FAMILY OR YOUR BUSINESS.
UNTIL IT IS."
A recent survey by the Red Cross found that 93 percent of Americans aren't prepared for a major calamity -- a natural disaster, a pandemic or a terrorist attack.
"Many people still believe they won't experience a disaster themselves and, if they do, there will be some emergency personnel to come take care of them." "That attitude must change. Leave behind the notion that securing our nation is a job just for the government. It is not—it is a shared responsibility; everyone is going to have to play a role." "Think about preparedness in a new way." Janet Napolitano, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security
"IT KEEPS ME AWAKE AT NIGHT." John R. Gibb, Director of the New York State Emergency Management Office
"MY FEAR IS THAT WE MAY ALL LIVE TO SEE AMERICAN LAW ENFORCEMENT COMPLETELY OVERWHELMED BY A CATASTROPHIC EVENT." Chaplain David Fair, Ph.D., President of ReadyUSA.org
LAW #2 EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS IS TOO CONFUSING!
Current programs ask too much of citizens. FACT There are 27 items on Ready.gov’s list of supplies to incorporate into the emergency kit citizens are urged to adopt. According to former FEMA Administrator Garry Briese, the cost of these items can exceed $375. “I don’t care if they have plastic wrap and duct tape,“ Briese said. "I want people to work on the top 10 things we want them to have. We’re asking too much and sending mixed messages to the public. How do we simplify our message?”
TIME TO RE-FRAME THE MESSAGE
LAW #3 THINKING ABOUT PREPAREDNESS IS NOT ENOUGH.
Thinking about preparedness it not enough -- citizens must be moved to take action! Preparedness requires tenacity and determination. “There are many reasons the best of intentions aren't followed through,” says Chaplain Dave Fair. “We must break through that complacency.” To be affective, programs must move citizens to take action -for their family and their community.”
LAW #4 FORGET CONFUCIUS.
When Confucius said the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, he wasn’t talking about emergency preparedness. “In a preparing for a disaster, taking that first step can make the difference between life and death," says Chaplain Dave Fair -- a veteran first responder of countless national disasters. ““Stockpile water! I repeat: STOCKPILE WATER! With a just a single step citizens can cut the journey to preparedness in half,” says ChaplainFair.
ONE STEP AND YOU’RE HALFWAY HOME!
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Published on Jun 15, 2010