Why Emergency Preparedness?• Disaster can strike quickly and withoutwarning• You might be forced to evacuate• Or, you might be confined to your home for along period of time• Your basic services (water, gas, power, phones)might be cut off
Why Emergency Preparedness?• It might take a while for you to get help fromemergency officials and relief workers – theycan’t reach everyone right away.• Bottom line: you might find yourself in asituation where you will need to take care ofyourselves until help arrives
Emergency Preparedness• The Federal Emergency Management Agency(FEMA) has an excellent website with greatresources: www.ready.gov• FEMA advice follows this framework:1. Be Informed2. Make a Plan3. Get a Kit4. Get Involved
1. Be Informed• … about what might happen• Learn about potential threats in your area orcircumstances– Natural disasters– Man-made emergencies• Learn about your community’s warning systems& evacuation plans• Know what to do before, during and after anemergency
2. Make a Plan• … for what you will do in an emergency• Develop a family communication plan:– Your family may not be together when disaster hits– Plan how you will contact each other and what you willdo in different situations– Plan for each family member to contact the same friendor relative to coordinate plans during an emergency• Include contingencies for when you need toshelter-in-place (stay) and evacuate (go)
3. Get a Kit• … of emergency supplies• Be prepared to make it on your own for at least72 hours (3 days)• Consider two kits:– One for what you will need to stay where you are– One lightweight to take with you if you have to go• Include water – one gallon per person per day• Non perishable food that’s easy tostore/prepare
4. Get Involved• After preparing yourself and your family, take thenext step and get involved in preparing yourcommunity.• Volunteer with your local emergencymanagement agency– Contact Williamson County Emergency ManagementAgency Director Mac Purdy if interested atmacP@williamson-tn.org or 615-790-5752• Sponsor an emergency preparedness fair!!
How does our congregationcommunicate during an emergency?• We use an existing process/network called HomeTeaching and Visiting Teaching– We try to visit each member of our congregation athome at least once a month (whether there is anemergency or not) to provide service and share amessage• Home Teaching: men visit families & single members• Visiting Teaching: women visit female members• Overlap helps improve chance that we’ll seeeveryone
Home Teaching & Visiting Teaching• Approximately 180 families/single members are part ofthe network• They are visited by about 110 sets of congregationmembers– Each set (or companionship) consists of two members• Home teachers and visiting teachers assist members asneeded• They report concerns or needs on a monthly basis to“District leaders,” who report up through theorganization to the Bishop, who is thecongregation’s lay minister
Here’s how our congregationcommunicates during an emergency• In the event of an emergency, we use thesame Home/Visiting Teaching network tocontact all of our members to:– Make sure they are okay– Assess their needs– Provide any necessary assistance– Assess available resources to assist others
Examples of how this process works:• During the floods of May 2010 we were able toquickly determine the status of our members andprovide timely assistance to those in need• We organized a team of volunteers to go down toCordova, Alabama in April 2011 to help with therelief and cleanup after the tornado• During the gas shortage in 2008, we stayedinformed of people’s needs and were able tocoordinate assistance• For personal and family emergencies, such ashospitalizations, moves and unemployment
Emergency Preparedness• The time to get ready for an emergency is now– before it happens• There are a lot of great resources available tohelp you create a plan• Your family will thank you!• You won’t regret it!!