After all, it's my job to read a lot. In my other life, I'm in PR. Therefore, I'm always catching up on the latest news, industry insights and great preparedness majesty.
In my reading today, I ran across this article in the Huffington Post titled "Recent Events Reinforce the Need for Emergency Preparedness.
While those tragic events have brought increased attention to emergency response, the need for assistance far predates recent history. The Federal Emergency Management Agency traces its beginnings to be the Congressional Act of 1803, which is generally considered the first piece of disaster legislation. That Act provided assistance to a New Hampshire town that experienced an extensive fire. Since then, our nation's emergency response organizations have significantly contributed to communities in need.
Whether natural or man-made, emergencies can wreak havoc and result in loss of lives and property. However, not all emergencies become disasters-- the difference is in how effectively people respond. For civilians, the key is advanced preparation. Taking time to make plans for your family and prepare emergency supplies will allow you act quickly during an emergency. There are resources available to help including www.DHS.gov and www.Ready.gov.
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