Posted by: Darryl Madden, Director, Ready Campaign
Before the ball drops and we ring in the New Year, I’m sure many of you have made New Year’s resolutions for 2012. Many which I seem to repeatedly make year in and year out, like working more exercise into my daily routine, eating healthier, saving more or donating a larger portion to charitable causes. However, this year I have a New Year’s resolution idea that could prove to be priceless. Resolve to be Ready in 2012 and commit to making family, home or business better prepared for an emergency.
I know the hardest part of keeping a resolution is sustaining momentum after those first few weeks of the New Year. So here are some ideas for how you can phase in you resolution to be ready for an emergency in 2012:
- Set a monthly reminder in your calendar to test your home’s smoke alarms – the first of every month in your personal or work calendar can serve as a great reminder to test your smoke alarms.
- Pick up one item for your emergency kit on each of your shopping runs – building your family’s emergency kit doesn’t need to happen in one fell swoop. Pick up canned food, bottled water, a battery-powered radio, flashlight, extra batteries, and other recommended emergency items over the first month or two of the year (it will also spread the cost of building your emergency supply kit).
- Set attainable preparedness goals for each month of 2012 – learning your home’s fire escape routes or remembering your family’s emergency communication plan is easier with regular practice. So during each month of the year, set small goals like finishing your emergency kit, practicing your fire escape plan, reviewing family emergency meeting locations, bookmarking useful websites and mobile websites and learning about local resources in your area.
I sincerely hope you will join Administrator Fugate and the rest of us at FEMA to Resolve to be Ready in 2012. It’s a resolution we can keep, and one that will definitely prove its worth, should disaster strike.