September is National Preparedness month, but whether it's September or not there's no time like the present to work on better preparedness.
The National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University found through a 2015 study that two-thirds of Americans are not prepared for an emergency. The center’s director, Irwin Redlener, thinks the actual numbers are far lower. At presentations to groups of emergency preparedness specialists he’ll ask how many have personal or family emergency plans. Of the few who raise their hands, most of those have “half-baked” plans. (Will growing scenes of hurricanes, wildfires and volcanoes make us a go-bag people?)
Why Aren't More People Better Prepared?
Where We're Going With Preparedness
- Shelter in place and evacuations,
- Home preparations,
- Work preparations,
- School considerations,
- Emergency plans.