You never know when a disaster might strike, or how much it can disrupt your life until it happens. Our survival and well being during and after an emergency is often dependent on how well we've prepared for it ahead of time. Experts often identify four steps to being prepared for an emergency: Be Informed, Have a Plan, Build (or Buy) a Kit, and Get Involved.
In addition to learning about general preparedness best practices, it is wise to be aware of the most likely emergencies that may occur in your community, and how to be ready to tackle those unique issues. Here are a few common in Southern California.
Have A Plan
It's better to have a plan and not need it, than to need a plan and not have it. Preparation is half the battle, and a good plan can guide you through event the most devastating events. Here, you will find resources to help you prepare at all levels for potential emergencies and disasters. And don't forget to include your pets in your plan!
For more information, check out your local, state, and federal plans and resources.
Build A Kit
It's important to have immediate and easy access to the items that you may need if you have to evacuate or shelter in place for a prolonged period of time. Emergency supply kits can be useful at home, in your car, at work, or anywhere you find yourself regularly.
Chances are, an emergency situation will involve more than just you. Get involved with emergency preparations in your church, in your workplace, and in your community. Engage others in your efforts, share strategies, and build larger plans together!
The I-LERT team is dedicated to building such networks throughout our church communities. If you'd like to get connected within your community, or if you'd like to get involved with I-LERT itself, please contact us!