How's your Emergency Response plan looking?

A disaster anywhere but where you live is nature's way of asking you how that emergency response plan is coming along. With the landslide in Washington, a severe storm in eastern Canada, and an earthquake in Los Angeles last night, it's about time to consider your local hazards and prepare appropriately.

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The US Geological Survey has an entire education program about natural hazards, while the Federal Emergency Management Agency will take you through the steps to prepare before a disaster.

Preparing for disaster

All the ground shaking of the last couple of weeks around here in Southern California is a reminder that the next big earthquake is a matter of when, not if. Infrastructure in the area could be seriously disrupted after a major earthquake which makes personal preparation that much more important.

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My personal kit is always a work in progress. There is always room for improvement and when I come across good ideas I incorporate them into my planning. (Do you have toilet paper and baby wipes in your kit? That's the sort of thing people tend to not think of.)

Presumably you know what the major hazards are for the area you live in. Your local government should have guidelines for emergency preparedness for your area. How ready are you for disaster? When was the last time you checked your plan and supplies?