Are You Prepared?
Back in the fall, Brian Falk, Chairman, East Longmeadow Local Emergency Planning Committee sent a letter to the Reminder. I’m posting it here, slightly updated, because although it’s tempting at this time of year to look forward to warmer weather and sunny days, it’s still only March, with some experts warning about the possibility of extreme weather ahead.
Are You Prepared?
Okay….so back in the beginning of last year, people were talking about the different types of weather that our region is prone and exposed to, from blizzards, severe thunderstorms, earthquakes, tornados, and hurricanes. What was the common response at that time? We don’t have those types of things here!
Think about what has happened during this past year.
In January we had a record snow fall for the region. On June 1st we were exposed to multiple tornados. In July it was micro bursts. On August 24th it was an earthquake. On August 28th a tropical storm which prior to reaching us was Hurricane Irene. During the week of September 5th it was rain from the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee. In October we had a snowstorm with many damaged or downed trees that resulted in widespread extended power outages.
So here are some questions for you to consider. Does it happen here and are you now better prepared for what will come next?
Now these questions do not apply only to residents. They also apply to the business community. Should your business be impacted by any of these events, how soon could you recover and reopen your business, in order to support your customers and employees?
Let’s take this one step further. How do you feel about the capabilities of your community to meet and respond to one of these situations? Will they meet your expectations? How quickly could they get the town departments back up and running?
Based upon what has happened so far this year, we have learned first hand exactly what types of natural disasters Mother Nature can throw at us.
SO….after all you have seen and been through, “Are you Prepared?”.
Do you need information on preparing? On putting a kit together for your family?
For more information visit www.ready.gov or call 1-800-BE-READY (TTY 1-800-462-7585) to learn more about how to prepare for emergencies and receive free materials, including family emergency plan templates and sample business continuity plans.
Brian A. Falk
Chairman, East Longmeadow Local Emergency Planning Committee
Deputy Director, East Longmeadow Office of Emergency Management