Disasters can occur in just a few seconds. Personal preparedness lessens the impact on families, on workplaces and on communities. Since hospitals play a particularly important role during community disasters, it is imperative that hospital staff understand the importance of personal preparedness.
Preparedness of hospital staff has a significant impact on the hospital’s ability to provide uninterrupted service to the community. Every hospital staff member has an important role in hospital operations and in the ability of hospitals to provide care to the community regardless of circumstance.
Personal preparedness has a direct impact on the effectiveness of the hospital during critical times. Hospital staff can focus on their jobs if they are prepared at home and have planned for the safety and well-being of their family during a disaster.
Learn about vulnerability to natural hazards in your neighborhood by visiting My Hazards website below and getting a customized report based on your home’s address.
The Disaster Distress Helpline (DDH) is the nation’s first hotline dedicated to providing disaster crisis counseling. The toll-free helpline operates 24 hours-a-day, seven days a week. The helpline is free, confidential and multilingual.
This crisis support service is available to US residents who are experiencing psychological distress resulting from man-made or natural disasters via telephone at 1-800-985-5990 or by SMS (text ‘TalkWithUs’ to 66746).
Callers are connected to trained and caring professionals from the closest crisis counseling center in the network. The helpline staff provides confidential counseling, referrals and other needed support services.
This initiative was developed to help meet the needs of pets and pet owners during and following emergencies and disasters.
The initiative examined current capabilities of various animal and sheltering stakeholder organizations to respond to meet the needs of pets and their owners during and following emergencies and disasters which threaten the region. Additionally, an animal sheltering exercise was designed to validate operational concepts that were currently being utilized. The initiative also faciliated work with animal and sheltering organizations to develop Pet Friendly Shelter plans and procedures.
The Jackson County (Florida) Emergency Management Department has undertaken an initiative entitled Operation Full Access. The program focuses on disability disaster planning and has goals which include:
Disasters can can change lives in the blink of an eye. Are you prepared?
When disaster strikes, help may be days away. This is just one reason why every household needs a disaster kit and a plan–being prepared will help you know exactly what to do when disaster strikes.
So where do you start? Right here! Red Cross has developed a helpful tool that will help your family to get prepared in a series of small steps. Here’s how it works: Over the next 21 weeks, you’ll build a customized disaster kit to fit the specific needs of your family. So start today… Prevent, Prepare and Respond for the unexpected – the Red Cross Way!
Emergencies and disasters can happen anytime and anywhere. They typically strike without warning and disrupt hundreds of thousands of lives each year. Each emergency and disaster has its own lasting effects on individuals, families, and communities. Through preparedness efforts, you can help reduce the fear and anxieties related to these unknown situations as well as reduce the immediate and long term risks to you and your families by preparing you and your loved ones for the best response possible to a real disaster situation. Remember, awareness and preparedness will save lives!
The Office of Emergency Preparedness at UCLA Health System has developed a tool entitled “Get Ready, Stay Ready” which provides a comprehensive 12-month guide for assisting families with their personal preparedness efforts.
With the New Year approaching, the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Ready Campaign is reminding Americans to Resolve to be Ready in 2010. Resolve to be Ready is an annual initiative encouraging individuals, families, businesses and communities to make preparedness a part of their New Year resolutions.
As a parent, one of your most important jobs is making sure your children are properly equipped to handle anything life throws their way. Even though your child may not ever have to put the knowledge to use, simply knowing that your child is prepared to handle an emergency can give you immeasurable peace of mind.