How many New Year’s resolutions have you managed to keep over the years? If you’re like me, there have been more than a few resolutions that have not withstood the test of time. Researchers say our resolutions often fail for a number of reasons: our goals were too lofty, we didn’t have a clear plan for success, or we didn’t have someone holding us accountable.
At FEMA, we’re encouraging everyone to Resolve to be Ready in 2011. As we saw in 2010, disasters can strike anywhere in America, from hurricanes in southern Texas to ice storms in the Northeast, to flooding in the Pacific Northwest. Being ready before a disaster strikes isn’t difficult – there are three simple steps to being prepared: get a kit, make a plan, and be informed.
As the New Year approaches, why not take today to make your emergency kit? It’s a simple step that can go a long way in saving your life, or the life of a loved one. Having a complete emergency kit in your home, car and workplace will allow you (and your family) to last for up to three days in case local officials and relief workers cannot reach everyone immediately after a disaster.
Visit Ready.gov, FEMA’s preparedness website, for resources and tips on making your emergency kit. Be sure to tailor your kit to any special needs you and your family may have. For example:
- Include waterproof boots or shoes if your local area is vulnerable to flooding
- Include refills of important prescriptions
- Include children’s games to keep them entertained
As Administrator Craig Fugate often says - “The public is an important part of the team.” The more that individuals are prepared, the faster our towns and communities will bounce back after a disaster.
Leave a comment and share your ideas on creative and useful items for a comprehensive emergency kit for your home, workplace or vehicle.