Why prepare? Why emergency preparedness matters–
Preparation Can Reduce Fears
Disasters and emergencies can take a psychological toll on both victims and responders. While there’s no way to completely prevent the adverse psychological effects of experiencing a traumatic event, proper planning can reduce suffering by preventing needless hardship and eliminating or reducing uncertainty. Knowing what to do and where to go can lessen the fear of the unknown and help all involved reach safety faster.
Preparation Can Save Lives
Emergency preparedness can be a life-or-death matter. This is as true for your family as it is for businesses, cities, and nations. Predetermined escape and evacuation routes can ensure people aren’t trapped in dangerous locations. Accessible stores of water and food can prevent people from starving or suffering from dehydration. Emergency shelters can keep people out of perilous weather and offer a temporary place to live after a disaster has occurred.
Preparation Can Make It Easier to Recover
Even with the best possible planning, a disaster or emergency often results in loss of property and/or life. One of the keys of emergency preparedness is to ensure losses aren’t catastrophic. Important documents need to be backed up in a safe location. Vital positions of leadership need succession plans. Families need wills. Everyone—from individuals to businesses to government agencies—needs a place to relocate in the event a home or office is destroyed. Knowing how you will keep everything functional after a loss can help you recover more quickly.
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