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Sunday, September 22, 2013
For those of you who may not be aware, Ready.gov has issued a series of public service ads promoting preparedness in the community. There are actually two videos in which the theme is “Today is the day before.” The first shows two men; the first lives in 1989 and the other lives in the present. It goes through the course of their day showing them performing similar daily activities.
At the end it advises that in 1989, the San Francisco Bay area was hit by an earthquake, and the day before was like any other day . . . like today. For more recent history, the other shows graduates at a high school in Joplin, Mo. before their town was wiped out by an F5 tornado. Again it was like any other day.
It almost sounds like you could start a fairy tale story with that line, “It began as any other day . . . .” However, if it were a fairy tale, the prince would have more to worry about than some imaginary dragon or evil witch with a poisoned apple. Instead, he would be (or should be) worried about how his kingdom will recover from the latest hurricane to hit or the chemical spill in the town square.
Although we should be prepared for disasters, whether natural or man-made, most Americans are still not ready. While we cannot predict when the next quake or tornado will hit with a guarantee, we can prepare for the possibility of such an event.
Ready.gov issued information titled “A Decade of Preparedness,” which covers 2003-2013. Did you know that we have had 50 percent more disasters declared annually than in the previous 10 years? Did you know that more than $1 billion worth of media was donated to get the word out? The good news is that the number of people making kits went from 44 percent to 53 percent; 11 percent more are making family plans and 13 percent more are staying informed and making preparations in case of an emergency.
This is not a sign, though, to slack off or rest on our laurels. We always need to do our best to be prepared and to stay informed of possible dangers. When we let our guard down, we become vulnerable and bad things can (and, most likely, will) happen. Although National Preparedness Month started after the attack on 9/11, it is not a new concept. One could go back to the Bible for reference on why we should prepare.
As the month continues, I encourage all residents to follow the steps from Ready.gov. Get a kit, make a plan and stay informed.
No, you can’t prepare for everything. There is no special plan or item that will protect you from all disasters. Doing nothing, however, is a guaranteed plan to fail.
Remember, there is a storm coming, it’s just a matter of when. The question is, if it were tomorrow, how well are you prepared?
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