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Hurricane Season - It's Not Over Yet

Thursday, 08 September 2005 12:00 AM

Lethal hurricane Katrina, as well as the recent brutal terror attacks in Britain, is an outstanding reminder that "being prepared" is always a good idea.

A booklet published by the National Crime Prevention Council, "United for a Stronger America: Preparedness Guide," offers some simple and practical preparedness tips.

This column will review some parts of this fundamental pamphlet.

First, here are some outstanding "general emergency preparedness" ideas that you and your family may want to consider using when facing a multitude of situations, both man-made and natural calamities.

1 - Make a list of important local numbers, such as the non-emergency numbers for the police department, fire department, and the FBI field office. Keep these numbers by the phone, and make copies for yourself and your family to keep in their wallets.

2 - Write down phone numbers and contact information for your family. Keep one copy by the phone and provide others to family and friends.

3 - Make a neighborhood directory and plan. Include emergency contact information and plans for children and seniors who may be home alone during emergency situations. Identify neighbors who need additional help, such as young children, seniors, and those with disabilities, and develop a plan to assist them in an emergency.

4 - Make your house easy to find. Make sure your street address is large and well lighted so that emergency personnel can find your home quickly.

5 - Organize an emergency preparedness kit. Check batteries, change the stored water and rotate the food supplies every six months. Your kit should contain, as a very bare minimum, the following basic supplies:

A Quick Tip: In light of Hurricane Katrina, it may be a good idea to consider a 10+ day fresh water and non-perishable food supply.

A Quick Security Tip: The American Red Cross and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will provide information about what to include in supply kits and how to learn about CPR and First Aid training in your neighborhood. To learn more, please contact the Red Cross at 1-866-GET-INFO or at www.redcross.org, and FEMA at 1-800-480-2520 or at www.fema.gov.

This publication also suggests the following evacuation plans:

1 - Develop a home evacuation plan and practice it with your family and neighbors. Know what to do if you are instructed to evacuate your home or community.

2 - Plan how to take care of pets. Remember that, with the exception of guide dogs, shelters usually do not allow pets.

3 - Learn how to shut off utilities such as gas, electricity, and water.

These are merely a few basic ideas about the essentials of "being prepared."

Contact the National Crime Prevention Council at www.weprevent.org for more details and for information on how you can obtain a copy of this informative booklet for yourself at no charge.

My Final Thoughts: Being ready for the unexpected emergency is always a helpful idea. A catastrophe can occur at any place, at any time, without any warning. From possible acts of terrorism to a hurricane, and from large-scale power outages to an earthquake, your emergency preparedness efforts may need to be put into action at a moment's notice.

There are many outstanding resources available to you from both governmental agencies and non-profit organizations, so do your research and formulate the best emergency plan for you and your family's individual needs.

A Pop Quiz -

Question: When is the best time to start working on your catastrophe preparedness?

Answer: Right now!

(Note: If you manufacture or distribute any Security, Safety, Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Defense or Crime Prevention related products, please send information on your product line for possible future reference in this column to: CrimePrevention123@yahoo.com.)

Copyright 2005 by Bruce Mandelblit

Bruce is a nationally known security journalist, as well as a recently retired, highly decorated reserve Law Enforcement Officer. Bruce was commissioned as a Kentucky Colonel - the state's highest honor - for his public service.

This column is provided for general information purposes only. Please check with your local law enforcement agency and legal professional for information specific to your jurisdiction.

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