Preparing for Rain on a Sunny Day

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What we don’t know can hurt us: Emergency preparedness is a top concern for each school, business and government entity. Your organization has hopefully completed risk assessments that outline its hazards and their potential severity, yet what no one can assess is WHEN the hazard will strike nor HOW MUCH damage it will cause.

So when an emergency strikes, who will be affected? In planning, we must assume the answer is EVERYONE! Who should be involved in emergency preparedness? You guessed it! EVERYONE! Participation is the key to ensuring safety facility-wide. It should be simple for individuals to learn their role and responsibilities for preventing, preparing, responding to and recovering from any crisis. When dealing with uncertainty, we must behave as if we are certain that an event WILL occur, and preparedness and mitigation participation on an individual level are the only feasible solutions to prevent maximum damage occurring. 

Because we know that preparedness planning is in everyone’s best interest, we want you to know to know it too. With the upcoming entries in this blog, you can begin to learn about preparedness tips and methods will help get you there! So welcome to Preparedness, Readiness and Planning–we hope that you stop by again and again to read our up-to-date emergency information to help you get ready for those rainy days, even though it’s a perfect 75 degrees outside.

 

Emergency Preparedness 101: Getting to know the Four Phases of Emergency Management
These phases are important to understand so that you can create courses of action in mitigation and preparedness to prevent the amount of work one must do during response and recovery. Scroll down and get to know these phases’ definitions and examples on a basic level. Upcoming blogs will identify ideas and actions that can be taken to practice these methods further!

Mitigation

 

Preventing future emergencies or minimizing their effects

: Includes any activities that prevent an emergency, reduce the chance of an emergency happening, or reduce the damaging effects of unavoidable emergencies.

: Buying flood and fire insurance for your home is a mitigation activity.

: Mitigation activities take place before and after emergencies.

 

Preparedness

 

Preparing to handle an emergency

 

: Includes plans or preparations made to save lives and to help response and rescue operations.

: Evacuation plans and stocking food and water are both examples of preparedness.

: Preparedness activities take place before an emergency occurs.

Response

 

Responding safely to an emergency

 

: Includes actions taken to save lives and prevent further property damage in an emergency situation. Response is putting your preparedness plans into action.

: Seeking shelter from a tornado or turning off gas valves in an earthquake are both response activities.

: Response activities take place during an emergency.

Recovery

 

Recovering from an emergency

 

: Includes actions taken to return to a normal or an even safer situation following an emergency.

: Recovery includes getting financial assistance to help pay for the repairs.

: Recovery activities take place after an emergency.

Chart and diagram taken from The Four Phases of Emergency Management, courtesy of FEMA IS 10: training.fema.gov/emiweb/downloads/is10_unit3.doc

 

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