Since 2004, National Preparedness Month is observed each September in the U.S. The intent of National Preparedness Month is to raise awareness about the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies. This is a time to get focused on, to improve upon, to practice, or, if you’ve been sliding, to reboot your family’s preparedness efforts.
The theme for 2021 is:
“Prepare to Protect. Preparing for disasters is protecting everyone you love.”
Emergency Preparedness is not a new “thing.” It’s been the mindset of forward-thinking people who realize disasters and emergencies can happen, and have happened, without warning, at anytime, anywhere, to anyone.
Emergency Preparedness is not just for a few people. Everyone needs to realize that the government is not going to rescue them during or after a disaster, that first responders are quickly overwhelmed and may not be readily available during a disaster, that grocery stores will not have food available when delivery trucks can’t get through during or after a disaster, that you can’t nuke a frozen dinner when there’s no electricity to run the microwave oven. Everyone needs to become more prepared to take care of themselves during and after a disaster or emergency.
Having lived in Alaska, I know the short- and long-term chaos created by an earthquake. Having lived in the West, I understand a wildfire can spring up and get out of control in a flash, requiring evacuation. Now, living in the Southeast, I have learned that hurricanes and ice storms can mean living without electricity for many days and that a hurricane in one part of the region can create fuel shortages for the entire region.
So many things can go wrong to interfere with a well-ordered life and people who haven’t prepared to take care of themselves when emergencies happen, put themselves at risk and are a burden on those around them.
Keep an eye on the menu at the top of the blog – I will be adding a Preparedness tab in the next little while where I will put Preparedness-related reference materials for easy access and retrieval.
In the meantime, if you want to learn more about how to prepare, check out Ready.gov. If you want to practice your preparations, check out the 7-day Emergency Challenge the folks at Food Storage Made Easy does each September. Leave a comment if you know of other websites that do interesting and useful things to support those who want to prepare for emergencies.