Spreading information and vital skills can help officials get their communities ready for emergency situations. As a part of National County Government Month, Sheriff Shaun Golden of Freehold, N.J., recently highlighted the importance of preparation for crises and informed citizens of local programs designed to meet the need for readiness prior to disasters, the Atlantic Highlands Herald reported.
Well-trained volunteers can be extremely helpful to communities enduring or recovering from disasters. Citizens who wanted to help out recently showed up in droves at the Greater Columbus of the Red Cross to take part in a program that provided emergency preparedness skills, according to The Columbus Dispatch.
Training programs can help citizens prepare for disasters, minimizing the damage done during destructive events. The State University of New York at Canton recently held an educational session designed to teach community members how to get ready for crisis scenarios, according to the Watertown Daily Times.
Disasters can wreak havoc in many ways, from the natural devastation of tornadoes to the destruction that can follow from man-made machines running amok. Lawmakers in Minnesota are reviewing a proposal that would provide training to firefighters to help them handle oil-related emergencies, TwinCities.com reported.
Campus communities need to prepare for emergency situations and put effective measures in place before disaster strikes. In order to get a leg up on crises, the University of Southern California recently began its Community Emergency Preparedness Project, the Daily Trojan reported.
Disaster preparedness programs need to include procedures for maintaining communication during emergencies, whether through an alert and notification system or other means. Local administrators, crisis agency members and telephone service provider representatives met in McLean, Va., to discuss methods for getting ready for disasters, according to Inside Nova.
Acquiring proper equipment is one of the most effective ways for communities to prepare for emergencies, though purchasing the handiest items is not always convenient. A new store, Homestand Preparation Station, recently began selling supplies to help Oklahoma residents get ready for disasters, according to The Oklahoman.
Disaster preparedness has become a major concern for enterprises, organizations and individuals alike in the wake of recent crises, such as Hurricane Sandy. In order to mitigate the destruction wrought by powerful storms and other catastrophic disturbances, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has proposed a number of new regulations to ensure the medical facilities are ready for emergencies, The New York Times reported.
Officials in areas that are prone to natural disasters need to be constantly mindful of and ready for crises. Administrators at the University of California-Berkeley recently stepped up their emergency preparedness strategies in an effort to get ready for earthquakes, according to The Daily Californian.
Events geared toward promoting emergency preparedness can help agencies and individuals to get ready for crisis scenarios. A number of Philadelphia-based organizations recently benefited from a workshop dedicated to methods for preparing for disasters, according to CBS Philly.
Workplace safety concerns enterprises both large and small, requiring employers to implement effective measures to protect employees from injury and illness. A recent survey indicates that small business owners are especially mindful of hazards to worker health, which is encouraging news for laborers in these enterprises.
Simulation exercises are among the most effective ways to prepare for emergency scenarios. To take advantage of the benefits of pre-disaster drills, responders in Paris, Texas, participated in a mock crisis, KXII reported.
A prepared community can help minimize the fallout from disasters. The Red Cross recently collaborated with Lander University in South Carolina to provide a program that helped staff, students and faculty get ready for emergencies, GwdToday reported.
Week-long events can be effective ways of raising awareness of issues that need attention, such as disaster preparedness. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration provided pointers on getting ready for crises as a part of the recently passed National Severe Weather Preparedness Week, according to Business and Legal Resources.
Disaster recovery facilities can help to aid the recuperative process in the aftermath of a crisis. The Health & Welfare Council of Long Island recently received nearly $600,000 in funding from the American Red Cross to create a volunteer disaster recovery center for Superstorm Sandy victims, the Long Island Exchange reported.
Community involvement can be crucial for reducing the potentially catastrophic effects of disasters. A California-based volunteer group is working to increase Oakland residents' preparedness for emergency situations, according to Inside Bay Area News.
Both government and private organizations take steps to prepare for crises, but citizen participation is also crucial. A Pennsylvania based organization is starting a program that seeks to promote community involvement in emergency preparedness efforts, according to Trib Live.