Emergency Preparedness – Think Local

Emergencies occur daily, and they can range from mild inconvenience to life-shattering events. There is tons of information available for being prepared for emergencies. Lists of what to include in emergency kits are thorough and excellent for helping each of us have what we need in case of emergency. Pages dedicated to people who are medically vulnerable and disabled are wonderful for listing what to consider for ourselves and those we care for.

It can get overwhelming trying to prepare for every possibility and do everything that’s suggested.  If that’s the case for you, I’d suggest you start by gathering information.  Being well-informed before and during emergencies can help navigate the event with less confusion and anxiety.

  1. Check out www.ready.gov/disability  for a wealth of information.  
  2. Locate and browse your county’s Department of Emergency Management website. Their information is tailored to the types of emergencies your area is likely to experience. 
  3. Sign up for local text alert notifications. You’ll find this information on your local emergency management webpage.
  4. Know which radio station is a local source of information. Have a radio that will run on batteries, and have batteries for it.  This helps if power, phones, and the internet are out.
  5. When local warnings are made to avoid certain areas, stay in place, or evacuate, heed them.  Be willing to change plans, and avoid putting yourself in harm’s way.

Knowledge of where to get information can be a figurative and literal lifesaver. There are lots of other things you can do, but this first step will help build a base. Take good care, all.

*Stacie Prada was diagnosed with RRMS in 2008 just shy of 38 years old.  Her blog, “Keep Doing What You’re Doing” is a compilation of inspiration, exploration, and practical tips for living with Multiple Sclerosis while living a full, productive, and healthy life with a positive perspective. It includes musings on things that help her adapt, cope, and rejoice in this adventure on earth. Please visit her at http://stacieprada.blogspot.com/ 

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