ARE YOU WAITING FOR?
is a lot like being a scout. Their motto, “Be prepared”,
can be applied to all of life, but especially to disaster readiness.
The question is--what are people waiting for?
old adage, “People don’t plan to fail; they fail to
plan!” is never more true than after a disastrous event. How
many of us think about and rehearse what we would do if we suddenly
became the victims of a natural disaster, terrorist attack, fire
or other unexpected event?
you know what to grab if you had only seconds to escape your house?
The plans you’ve made in advance and the items you decide
to take will determine how quickly you are able to rebound from
after a momentous event, like Hurricanes Dennis, Katrina, and Stan,
the earthquakes in Sumatra and Kashmir, and the Maharashtra floods
in western India (all occurred in 2005), news media are filled with
helpful tips and articles about how to better prepare yourself and
your family for a natural or
man-made event that negatively affects life,
property, livelihood or
industry often resulting
in permanent changes to human societies,
ecosystems and environment. Disasters
manifest as hazards exacerbating
vulnerable conditions and
exceeding individuals' and communities' means to survive and thrive.
(Wikipedia, October 14, 2005).
and resource materials are available through local Red
Cross, local, county, state and Federal governments, religious
organizations, and private corporations.
is not something hard, like remembering to pay bills on time or
pick up dry cleaning, yet statistics show that the majority of us
do nothing to very little to ensure our own survivability after
Red Cross survey taken in June 2004 found that the percentage of
Americans who have created a family emergency plan on where to meet
after a terror strike dropped from 40 percent in August 2003 to
less than 32 percent in July 2004.
than 35 percent of the public believes that their home or workplace
might be a target; down from 71 percent right after September 11,
2001, according to the Council for Excellence in Government.
Americans fall into five categories, according to former American
Red Cross President, Marsha Evans. They are the ‘head scratchers’—those
who don’t know where to find preparedness advice; ‘head
in the sand’ types who think preparedness is not important;
‘head in the clouds’ folks who mistakenly believe they
are ready; the ‘headset crowd’ that is too busy and
can’t take the
time to prepare; and those people who just don’t think about
preparedness or believe that preparing is somebody else’s
Red Cross survey also found that less than one in 10 families have
created emergency kits, developed a family plan for disasters, and
taken training to become better equipped at coping and responding
to an event. (excerpted from John Mintz, Washington Post Staff Writer,
Wednesday, July 21, 2004; Page A12.)
City of Lawndale has materials available for distribution on how
to take care of yourself, your family, and your community. Staff
are on hand to assist with home hazard hunts, family emergency plan
development, and emergency response and recovery skills training—all
at no cost!
are YOU waiting for?