How To Get The Most Out Of This Website
Like most people, you probably suffer from disaster denial. In other words, although you are aware that a catastrophe of one sort or another is very likely, you ignore the possibility and figure you’ll just deal with it when the time comes. Well, that time is now, but you don’t have to go it alone! The information you are now reading was specifically designed with one purpose in mind: to help you and your family prepare for disaster. Fortunately, we are your one-stop-source for the necessary tools and guidance you’ll need to develop your own Personal Preaction™ Plan.
As you prepare for the disasters most likely to affect you, you will learn to do so as they uniquely pertain to you. Based on specific risks to your location and your personal lifestyle, you will understand how you can prepare to lessen the impact on you when disaster does occur. We will help you go from disaster “denial” to disaster “Preaction™” (the action you take before you are in the midst of a crisis). In other words, you will become your own “first responder!”
We suggest you begin with “What, Me Worry” to review some of the excuses people use to ignore the need to prepare for emergencies. Then, as you examine the content of each of the three major sections of this site, “Evaluate,” “Equip,” “Empower,” you will notice substantial resources are available for use in constructing your own Personal Preaction™ Plan. We anticipate you will find some portions so useful that you will want to save them as “favorites” or download them to a file on your computer.
Where possible we have provided direct links to help you stay informed and up-to-date on things like local and national weather conditions. Other reliable sources of information contain event-specific material. For instance, rather than dropping you on a particular home page, hoping you’ll find your way to relevant information, we have intentionally isolated pertinent information for your use. We have attempted to reduce the temptation to wonder down interesting-but-off-topic rabbit trails, leaving you with the option of returning to surf for “fun facts” after your plan is complete.
Information from the book, Disaster Ready People for a Disaster Ready America has been used to provide systematic steps (using your choice of months or weeks) so you can be in control of the time it takes you to become disaster-ready. By breaking down these steps into manageable pieces you are less likely to become overwhelmed or discouraged. Each section builds on previous information so you will gain a solid foundation for where, when, why and how to do what.
Now set aside a time for “Getting Started: The Conversation.” This is your first call-to-action and will set the stage for subsequent steps and actions. The best approach, for staying on track and ensuring you follow-through with all the steps, is to make a contract with yourself. Seriously! Schedule a non-negotiable time for coming back to your Plan within a specific time period. Be honest about it and keep the commitment just as you would any business appointment.