What is Personal Preparedness?
National Preparedness Month is observed in the U.S. each September. It is sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) within the Department of Homeland Security and focuses on encouraging Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies.
Jessica Olson is the Community Marketing Manager at Smart911. Jessica works with each community as well as with partner and advocacy groups to create awareness of Smart911.
While researching this month I came across the term “Personal Preparedness” while reading this article. Wright State University notes that after knowing your surroundings and staying informed “it gets personal”. To me, Personal Preparedness means that I have taken some time to anticipate and plan for emergencies and I have communicated what to do in the event that something happens to me or those I love.
www.Ready.gov provides detailed information and encourages you to prepare for emergencies now by:
- Getting a kit of emergency supplies focused on fresh water, food and clean air
- Making a plan for what you will do in an emergency and involve your whole family
- Being informed about what might happen and follow instructions from authorities
- Getting involved in preparing your community including learning about your community’s emergency plan
While it is difficult to plan for an emergency, your best chance for a successful outcome is to think about the possibilities in advance, get everyone on the same page and help others prepare while you are calm. Taking these simple steps can give you peace of mind knowing that you have planned for yourself and your family including children, seniors, pets and those with special needs.
In addition to helping yourself and your family in an emergency, the best way to help local authorities help you is to provide them with additional information. Smart911 allows you to create a free, private and secure Safety Profile that includes as much or as little information as you would like. You can include your address, and photos of family members, pet information, emergency contacts, and vehicle information as well as special needs and medical information. Knowing that your information is in the hands of 9-1-1 call takers, police, fire or medical personnel in the event that you need to dial 9-1-1 can give you and your family great peace of mind.
Emergencies are often accompanies by chaos. Personal preparedness can make us safer by saving precious minutes that can save lives.