In the past few weeks, Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma reminded us just how important it is to have a plan in place before an emergency strikes. While much of the damage can’t be prevented, a strong emergency plan can help people and their communities recover faster from a traumatic event.
Emergencies can come in the form of natural disasters, disease epidemics, terrorist attacks or many other kinds of occurrences. Luckily, there is a vast library of resources available to help you prepare for an emergency.
National Preparedness Month (NPM) is an annual observance meant to help people prepare for emergencies of all kinds. When it started in 2003, the Department of Homeland Security created Ready, a national public service campaign to promote NPM and teach people the value of emergency preparation.
This year’s edition of NPM includes the following themes:
According to Ready, there are four key things people need to do to prepare for an emergency.
If you have accomplished those four things, then you have done everything you could to protect you and your family before an emergency situation arises.
The Office of Preparedness and Emergency Management is a division of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. This is the Know, Plan Prepare Checklist that is posted on their website.
Build your own emergency kit using the checklist.
There are many forms you can download to help prepare for an emergency that are available on this Ready page.
This Office of Preparedness and Emergency Management page contains videos that can easily explain your role in emergency preparedness.
How can you help others during an emergency? The answers are here.
Here is a list of the various laws and regulations in Massachusetts regarding emergency preparedness.
This page has plenty of information on how you can prepare for flu pandemics.
As a health care provider, we encourage everyone to have an emergency kit that can help you in the case of a medical emergency. It should include a first aid kit, plenty of water and food, all of your prescribed medications and over-the-counter medicine for things like pain relief, fever reduction and anti-inflammatory medication. If you have any questions about what should be included in your medical emergency kit, ask your Nizhoni Health clinician.
We are proud to be a part of the Boston Healthcare Preparedness Coalition, which is an organization that ensures health care providers, first responders and other members of the community are prepared to help the people of Boston during a medical crisis. We have built relationships with other providers and coordinating agencies to comply with best practices in emergency management.
Thanks to the resources provided by organizations like Ready, the Office of Preparedness and Emergency Management and the Boston Healthcare Preparedness Coalition, you can put you and your family in the best possible position to bounce back after an emergency.