There are real benefits to being prepared:
The need to prepare is real:
- Disasters disrupt hundreds of thousands of lives every year. Each disaster has lasting effects, both to people and property.
- If a disaster occurs in your community, local government and disaster-relief organizations will try to help you, but you need to be ready as well. Local responders may not be able to reach you immediately, or they may need to focus their efforts elsewhere.
- You should know how to respond to severe weather or any disaster that could occur in your area - hurricanes, earthquakes, extreme cold, flooding, or terrorism.
- You should also be ready to be self-sufficient for at least three days (72 hours). This may mean providing for your own shelter, first aid, food, water and sanitation.
Are You Ready? - An In-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness Course
This course was developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which is the agency responsible for responding to all-hazards and for helping state and local governments and individuals prepare for emergencies. It contains step-by-step advice on how to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters.
Used in conjunction with information and instructions from local emergency management offices and the American Red Cross, Are You Ready? will give you what you need to be prepared.
The purpose of this guide is to help you protect yourself and your family in the event of an emergency. Through applying what you have learned in this guide, you are taking the necessary steps to be ready when an event occurs.
(Source: U.S Army Corps of Engineers)
Every citizen in this country is part of a national emergency management system that is all about protection - protecting people and property from all types of hazards. Think of the national emergency management system as a pyramid with you, the citizen, forming the base of the structure. At this level, you have the responsibility to protect yourself and your family by knowing what to do before, during, and after an event. Some examples of what you can do follow:
Help After a Disaster: Applicant's Guide to the Individuals & Households Program
IS-403: Introduction to Individual Assistance Course
What is the Definition of an Emergency?
The Ohio Revised Code (ORC) 5502.21 defines an emergency as: Except as provided in section 5502.41 of the Revised Code, "emergency" means any period during which the congress of the United States or a chief executive has declared or proclaimed that an emergency exists.
What is the Definition of a Disaster?
ORC 5502.21 defines a disaster as: "Disaster" means any imminent threat or actual occurrence of widespread or severe damage to or loss of property, personal hardship or injury, or loss of life that results from any natural phenomenon or act of a human.
Personal Preparedness in America: Findings from the Citizen Corps National Survey