The recent hurricanes in the southeast and fires in California remind us how quickly we might need to act in case of emergency. Under challenging circumstances, however, functioning wisely can be a challenge. The situation can be especially challenging for the elderly and disabled.
Given recent emergencies, it seems like a good time for each of us to review (and perhaps revise) our own personal emergency plans. Focus on two major strategies: a reliable warning system/s and an action plan.
One of your top priorities is to make sure that you receive timely and reliable emergency notifications. The Lake County Emergency Management Agency suggests taking advantage of the following five systems. (Click here for a related video.)
On your cell phone...
Tune in to broadcast radio and TV for emergency alerts include amber (child abduction) and targeted weather alerts.
Sign up for alerts from www.alertlakecounty.com. The site also contains helpful information on floods, thunderstorms, tornadoes, and temperature extremes. (If you don't live in Lake County, check with your local county government to learn more about local emergency planning.)
Your second priority... preparing for an emergency. Depending on your particular situation, preparation can take some time and effort... but it could save lives and/or make it much easier to deal with an emergency situation when it occurs.
Emergency Planning Guides are available from FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
These guides include information on the following:
Emergency Kits that include medications, personal items like eye glasses and hearing aids, and important documents (see below*)
Making a Plan about what you will DO in an emergency. Topics include
Two additional tips from the Lake County Sheriff's office:
"Plans are nothing; planning is everything."
Dwight D. Eisenhower