GRAYS HARBOR COUNTY
NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH
Tip # 30 – A Month Full of Tips and Insights: What Have We Learned?
For the entire month of September, National Preparedness Month, a disaster preparedness tip has been posted to various social media sites on a daily basis.
So, what have we learned?
No matter where you live in the world, natural disasters can and do occur.
The impacts of disaster affect everyone with complete disregard to social status, race, age, gender, or whether you are prepared or not.
We have learned that preparedness begins with each and every one of us. We are ultimately responsible for preparing ourselves and our families.
Preparing for disaster will help reduce the impacts to you and your family.
The role of Government in disaster preparedness is to enact policies and community projects to help protect citizens should disaster occur – It cannot prevent a disaster from happening and it cannot help each individual citizen during disaster.
There are multiple sites to receive disaster alerts, warnings and information. Sign up for the sites which will assist you, your family and the site specific issues where you live.
Citizens are the true first responders. You will be there much faster than any police car, fire truck or ambulance. Know what to do to assist those in need in your community. Learn first aid, CPR, join a Community Emergency Response Team, (CERT), or a local Volunteer Fire Department.
No disaster event can be managed without volunteer assistance.
We have learned we need to become involved in our communities – there are not nearly enough response agency personnel to render aid during disaster. Volunteers always outnumber response agency members.