Disaster Preparedness Readiness is fundamental for keeping family, friends, co-workers, and citizens safe.

Disaster preparedness readiness in an on-going practice. Each day the news reports a natural disaster, weather related or otherwise. The event may be a hurricane, tornado, severe flooding, earthquake, devastating wildfires, or a tsunami. In coming months, weather stories will include blizzards and ice storms.

Natural disasters and weather hardships are a daily occurrence somewhere across the continent. No one is immune. With this being the case, the best solution is preparedness. The people at Emergency Plan Guide.org have created a 41- question preparedness quiz to test your readiness knowledge. Try it!

Emergency preparedness includes refresher training. A list is worthless without acting. Lists are great reminders but hands-on is key to “staying” ready. Also, remember to periodically check supplies i.e. food and medical, for expiration dates or general maintenance.

Topics covered in the preparedness quiz include:

  • Home construction and content stabilization. It also applies to the workplace.
  • Occupant readiness i.e. medications, and records and actions associated with evacuations, fire and electrical safety, and pet care.
  • 72-hour survival kits for home, work, and vehicles.
  • Post disaster preparations including first aid kits, flashlights, headlamps, lanterns, radio, and batteries. Clothing and blankets. Notification procedures for contacting family, friends, and co-workers.
  • Extended recovery: food, water, and utensils for eating and food preparation. Pet supplies. Disinfectants and hygiene.

A little planning goes a long way. Professional response personnel, police, fire, and military, constantly train. The reason is clear. People’s lives depend on it.