This year was an important reminder to all of us that disasters can strike anytime and anyplace. Nearly every region of the world experienced some form of extreme weather event, including recent flooding in Louisiana and the 6.2 magnitude earthquake that struck central Italy in August.
When disaster strikes it disrupts our abilities to communicate and connect with family or resources that could assist. As with many life events, preparation is the key to success. When you prepare and practice for an emergency in advance, it makes a real difference in your ability to take immediate and informed action when it matters most. Early action can also help you to recover more quickly.
Preparing for disasters is a year-round activity. It’s not a matter of if the next disaster will happen, but when. Start taking action and prepare now!
● BE INFORMED. Use mobile alerts to English language news sources in Europe such as CNN, BBC, The Local, to stay informed. Follow your unit or the garrison’s social media sites. Sign up for the AtHoc mass notification system at www.eur.army.mil/travelsafe/.
● MAKE A PLAN. Know where your family will go and how you’ll communicate during an emergency.
● BUILD A KIT. Have supplies on hand that you’ll need to live independently for several days. Include food, water, and medicine for family and pets.
● TAKE ACTION. Help others prepare in your community.
Taking these four simple steps and having a discussion and/or conducting a quick drill can help determine what you need to do next to become more prepared. Be smart, take part, and prepare for emergencies before they strike! For more resources and tools on how to prepare go to ready.gov/myplan.