You May Be More Prepared for an Emergency Than You Think
By Mel Fabrikant Thursday, October 03, 2013, 03:57 PM EDT
A new report released by FEMA states that the number of Americans who say they’re prepared for an emergency has decreased in the past four years (see report here). That surprising since emergency preparedness is easier now than ever before. In fact, many Americans are probably more prepared than they even know, and with a couple of simple steps they could have emergency preparation dialed in. Here’s how, following FEMA’s recommended basic emergency preparedness steps: Be Informed, Make a Plan, and Build a Kit.
Be informed. Twitter just announced Twitter Alerts, a new feature that allows you to receive emergency notifications from law enforcement, public safety, and government organizations directly on your phone via SMS. See details about the service and agencies that can be followed at Twitter.com. In addition, wireless providers representing nearly 97 percent of subscribers in the U.S. already participate in distributing Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA)—free informational text messages—to WEA-enabled cell phones. Visit The Wireless Association to learn more about your provider’s coverage. To learn more about extreme weather threats in your region, visit www.ready.gov.
Make a Plan. FEMA has created a convenient template to help you plan for how your family will contact one another if a disaster strikes. It can take only a few minutes to fill in the information and review it with your family. Download the template at FEMA.gov.
Build a Kit. You need a 72-hour emergency kit stocked with first-aid, food and water, and other essential supplies. But if you don’t want to take the time to build a kit yourself, you can easily purchase one like Relief Pod’s Deluxe Pro Emergency Kit. This ingenious, compact kit organizes 179 items in clear individual pockets and color-coded sections so you can quickly find what you need: red for first-aid, yellow for tools, blue for food and water, and green for sanitary items. Learn more at www.reliefpod.com.
We don’t want to be cliché and say that emergency preparation is as easy as 1-2-3, but it really can be. And chances are very good you’re already part way there. No time like the present to cross it off your list!