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We Don’t Plan to Fail, We Just Fail to Plan.

This is the family-friendly show/channel helping youovercome challenges that may result from natural disasters, emergencies, crime and terrorism.

I want you in control of the next situation, you know everybody ain’t going to make it.

This is real.

Your community may face many different types of disasters that can have a profound effect on you. The top three disasters that communities responded to in the past 15 years were floods, blizzards or ice storms, and hurricanes.

A national survey of more than 1,000 Americans found that despite the increased frequency of natural disasters, 75 percent of people do not proactively prepare for impending severe weather.

Here’s what I found out when doing my research for this podcast – People with household incomes of under $40K are the most likely of any income group to say they are “not prepared at all” for a natural disaster.

There’s an old fable by Aesop that tells the story of a fox and a boar, the moral of the story is that you have to be prepared because when trouble hits you won’t have time to do what you need to.

Knowing where to go, having the stuff and a plan, knowing how to communicate, and what to do are important for your survival. I want you to win. Be Victorious.

September 11, 2001, changed the landscape of emergency preparedness. Over 3000 people lost their lives in New York City and Washington, D.C. as a result of terrorist attacks. The 9/11 commission found that the United States was not prepared for an emergency of this magnitude.

In 2005, government capabilities were tested again when Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana. There were major challenges still. There were communication outages making it difficult to locate missing people; it was hard to get into restricted areas. There was a lack of electricity or fuel for generators. Computer systems were knocked out. Government facilities were destroyed or damaged significantly. There were no banks open. ATMs were underwater. The USPS (mail service) was interrupted for months in some areas.

We cannot prevent or anticipate all emergencies, but preparation and practice can help you react and respond. Knowing where to go, how to communicate, and what to do are important for your survival in a disaster.

Definitions

A disaster is any situation that causes human suffering or creates human needs that victims cannot alleviate without assistance. It is important to know the different types of disasters in order to properly prepare and respond to an emergency.

• Bioterrorism – The deliberate release of viruses, bacteria, or other germs (agents) used to cause illness or death in people, animals, or plants. Agents can be spread through the air, water, or in food and are categorized by how severe a threat they pose to the public.

• Terrorism or Mass Casualty Disaster – The use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political, religious, or ideological goals.

• Natural Disasters – An event of force of nature that has catastrophic consequences and a large amount of damage to property, loss of life, injuries, economic loss, and environmental loss.

Types of natural disasters:

Earthquake

Extreme Heat

Extreme Winter Weather

Hurricanes

Landslides & Mudslides

Tornado

Tsunami

Volcanos

Wildfires

Floods

Sinkholes

• Epidemic and Pandemic – An outbreak affecting a large number people, occurring naturally with no human introduction of disease causing agents.

• Epidemic – a widespread outbreak of an infectious disease where many people are infected at the same time. Epidemics usually spread very easily and quickly, and cause severe and often life-threatening symptoms.

• Pandemic – an epidemic that affects multiple geographic areas at the same time.Thanks

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