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Emergency Preparedness is Resilience

by Claire Karner
Friday, May 17, 2013

No one wants to think about a natural disaster in their community, but planning how to respond when disaster strikes is the first step in saving lives and personal assets. With climate projections forecasting an increase in severe weather nationwide, community resilience can be increased through local hazard mitigation planning as well as personal efforts.

Every household can take steps to be more resilient with a little planning. The first place to start is by creating a ‘disaster kit.’ A disaster supplies kit is simply a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency. The Red Cross recommends that your kit includes food, water, medications, and all other pertinent items for at least a 72-hour period.  Click here for a full emergency supply kit checklist.

Another important family preparation step is to have a communications plan and a response plan. Emergencies are often so stressful that it is difficult to think clearly and rationally. By having a plan, you can decide ahead of time how you will contact one another and review what you will do in different situations. Click here to help your family prepare for emergencies.

Project Service Providers:LIAACommunity Foundation of Monroe CountyMichigan Municipal LeagueMichigan Townships AssociationMichigan Association of PlanningUniversity of Michigan