Residents should be prepared for disasters
It’s often second nature to plan for life’s expected events, but how natural is it to plan for life’s unexpected events, like a disaster? Given the unpleasant and oftentimes unpredictable nature of a disaster occurring, it can be easy to ignore the possibility of one affecting our lives.
As a nurse and one who has served on a disaster response team, I cannot stress the importance of being prepared enough.
You don’t have to look far from home to be reminded that disasters can happen anywhere at any time.
In mid-March, a fire started in the Smokies and destroyed 30 cabins and over 100 acres of land. In 2011, multiple tornadoes ripped through Loudon and Blount counties destroying everything in their paths. How do you keep yourself and family prepared?
Whether you live alone or are one of a family of 10, I strongly encourage every household to sit down together and develop a plan so that you can be prepared in the event of a disaster.
There are many great resources available that can help you get started. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has developed http://www.ready.gov to help individuals/families create a plan. This is just one example of the many resources available.
Take the time and implement a plan. It’s better to have a plan and never need it than it is to need a plan and not have it.
“Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.” — English proverb
Deborah Beaver BSN, RN
552 Lynnwood Drive
Greenback, TN 37742