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Myth: I don't need to worry about emergencies where I live
Truth: most communities can be impacted by several types of hazards during a lifetime
No one is alone in an emergency. The emergency services will respond but they cannot reach everyone right away. There is a lot you can do to boost your personal safety and preparedness. It is easy and straight forward: plan, prepare, and practise. There are actions you can take before, during and after an event. Knowing about the hazards and threats that have happened or could happen in your area helps you to plan and prepare.
It is important that you make your own emergency preparedness plan and create a support network of family, friends, neighbours and further afield. Discuss and practise your plan with them. Make sure they have access to spare keys, know where you keep your emergency supplies and how to use lifesaving equipment and administer first aid. In addition, you need a so called 'grab bag' for safe evacuation. If you have pets or service animals, prepare an emergency kit for them too. Not all shelters accept animals so plan for alternatives.
If you have a disability or impairment and suffer from ill health, then your preparedness plan is especially important. You will need to carefully consider the best options for you. Talk to your doctor, health worker and service providers to identify backup solutions, especially if you depend on life-saving equipment or medicine at home and/or undergo routine treatments in a clinic or hospital.
Talking to children and vulnerable people about emergencies and disasters can be challenging. Be reassuring and positive. Don't terrify or alarm tem. Find ways to gently yet truthfully explain what may happen and how you are planning and preparing for such events. Mention early warning signs and how the person should react. Discussing such matters sensitively several times a year reduces fear and anxiety and lets everyone know how to respond appropriately. Make sure people know when and how to call for help and involve them in as many practical and pro-active ways of preparedness as possible, including practising your plan. For more, see #30days30waysUK Pinterest #preparedKids.
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