I’m so grateful for Cheverly CERT. What a great organization/resource they are for our community. Joel Thomas, the founder of Cheverly CERT has a message for us as we enter the spring season. On a personal note, I work at the Capitol and my children are home with our nanny. It took us a while, but we finally looked at all the links below and made a family emergency plan. I don’t have a home phone and what if cell phone service was down? Where would we meet up if something happened to the house and we couldn’t get in touch? These were great questions to think through. I did order lots of batteries and some emergency/bright flashlights and a first aid kit. Another important item that I learned from Joel was to keep cash on hand. How many of us walk around without any cash? What if we were unable to use our credit cards? It’s something to think about. Also, Aldi has cheap bottled water. I always make sure to keep one or two boxes full of bottled water in case of an emergency. Thanks Cheverly CERT for reminding us to be prepared.
As spring time is here, it is a great time to take a moment to consider the safety and preparedness of your household. Here are three simple questions:
- Do you have a family communications plan? http://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan
- Do you have a go-kit at home? http://www.ready.gov/kit
- Are you prepared to survive at home for 72 hours in the event of a disaster? http://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit
For each of these questions, I have provided you a link that should help you to get started if the answer to any of these questions is “no”.
And be sure to change the batteries in your smoke detectors!
The Resilience Paradox: The more severe and event is, the less capable government is to deal with it and the more individuals and communities must be prepared to deal with the fallout.