Creating an Emergency Response Program
Disasters are sudden. Even when they are forecasted, disasters are shocking in their power. Because of this, the importance of an emergency response program is high. Planning for the destructive potential for a disaster not only enables you to confront a disaster situation immediately, it can accelerate recovery time. The best form of recovery plan is often a community one. Initiating or participating in an emergency response program can raise disaster awareness and aid in recovery since people will be more aware of their role in getting the community back to normal.
Education and Involvement
The single most important thing to do when planning for a disaster is to make others aware of the importance of preparation. Educating people in your community and encouraging involvement in planning can greatly benefit a community during and after a disaster. From mobilizing resources to collective cleanup and restoration efforts, the benefits of raising awareness and encouraging involvement are great. Ultimately, disasters are shared experiences and no one recovers from a disaster alone. Making disaster planning a community effort is, therefore, highly valuable.
Pooling resources to prepare a response is an integral part of confronting and overcoming the devastation of a disaster. An emergency response program should include comprehensive resource management in order to efficiently initiate repairs and recovery after a disaster. This may involve community building projects, volunteering time and skills to reconstruction and cleanup efforts, and even creating relief funds. In the very least, individuals and families should be encouraged to prepare financial resources for a disaster as much as possible.
On an individual level, any emergency response program should emphasize individual preparation and home improvements to mitigate the devastation of a disaster. This involves building emergency preparedness kits and making improvements to homes in preparation for a disaster. Sealing cracks and openings in foundations and walls, replacing windows and doors, securing outdoor objects, installing backflow preventers on pipes, and preparing materials for last minute responses are all essential parts of early preparation. Getting your home ready for a disaster is as important as being personally prepared.