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Unexpected events are an unavoidable part of everyday life.
While all unanticipated events aren’t always negative or time-sensitive, many require immediate attention and the necessary knowledge to respond in a calm, effective manner.
Natural disasters fall into this category and, as of late, have increased in presence and severity.
The tornado that swept through Bethany and Hamden in May of 2018, the flash flood that left half of Dixwell Avenue underwater last September, Superstorm Sandy that slammed Connecticut in October of 2012 or the NorEaster that snowed-out Halloween in 2011 come to mind.
While some of these events were predicted, the others are perfect examples of weather events that will strike without warning.
September is National Preparedness Month, a time dedicated to supporting year-round personal preparedness for you, your family and the community in which you live. Below are three tips that you and your family should adopt in order to be prepared, not scared, when an emergency occurs. (Tips provided by Ready.gov).
-- Develop an emergency plan and practice it with your entire family. This includes signing up for alerts/warnings in your area, determining needs ahead of time by developing an emergency supply kit and an evacuation plan that includes everyone, even pets.
-- Include kids in the planning process to ensure they know what to do in an emergency, whether they are home, away from home or by themselves. Help them understand the hazards most likely to affect your community, the necessary response and how to communicate during an emergency.
-- Take care of those around you, check in with neighbors to see how you can help each other out before or after a storm. Get involved in your communities planning initiatives like QVHD’s Medical Reserve Corps Unit. The MRC is a national group of medical and non-medical volunteers committed to strengthening their community’s local preparedness capabilities. Through local trainings and drills QVHD’s MRC helps you learn practical skills that will help you feel confident responding to an array of emergency events.
Learn more about our Medical Reserve Corps and how you can get involved by visiting qvhd.org.
-- Submitted by Quinnipiack Valley Health District