It seems like every week we hear about another emergency situation occurring somewhere in the world. Earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, blizzards, blackouts, wildfires…you name it! You, or someone you know, may have already experienced one of these events. Obviously, disaster can strike anywhere, anytime, with little or no warning.
A common misconception is that "the government" will always immediately take care of your basic needs.
Sometimes this is true, but what if the government itself is severely impacted by the disaster? What if government buildings and vehicles are destroyed? Communication systems are down? Roads are blocked? Workers are stranded? In a large disaster, emergency services may be overwhelmed and take days or weeks to respond. The situation in New Orleans, after Hurricane Katrina, is a good example of this happening. That’s why it’s very important to be prepared to take care of yourself and your loved ones in an emergency for at least a few days and possibly a few weeks. It takes some work, but the reward is huge. No matter what, you’ll be better informed and feel more self-reliant, independent, and empowered. And, if an emergency does strike, it could make you much more comfortable—and maybe even save your life.
Sudden Storm provides essential emergency management information and education. We offer a comprehensive series of fact sheets, action plan worksheets and projects, which are designed to provide anyone a basic, practical foundation in emergency preparedness and response.
In an increasingly inter-dependent and insecure world, to inspire: