SERVPRO Support's National Preparedness Month
National Preparedness Month and SERVPRO:
Insight from a Rocky Mountain Firefighter
By: Andrea Stutesman
Introduced in September of 2004, National Preparedness Month promotes Americans to develop A plan for emergencies in their businesses, schools, and homes. It is sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and promoted online via www.Ready.gov. There are also, many community involvement initiatives including volunteer and leadership opportunities, Seminars and training sessions.
All aspects of the ready campaign center on three fundamental steps:
1. Build an emergency supply kit.
2. Make a family emergency-plan.
3. Be informed about the different types of emergencies that could occur and their
Things www.Ready.gov suggest to consider when putting together an emergency supply kit include:
> different ages of family members
> responsibilities for assisting others
> locations frequented
> dietary needs
> medical needs including prescriptions and equipment
> disabilities or access and functional needs including devices and equipment
> cultural and religious considerations
> pets or service animals
The ultimate goal of the campaign is to create public awareness and to increase the level of emergency preparedness, nationwide. Implementing these fundamental steps and Considerations will aid the public in being better prepared for emergencies.
SERVPRO Industries, Inc. is a proud member of the National Preparedness Coalition, which is dedicated to promoting preparedness planning.
Locally, SERVPRO of Lafayette/Louisville partnered with Rocky Mountain Fire to understand a first responder’s views on preparedness.The Rocky Mountain Fire district is responsible for much of Boulder and Jefferson Counties. In addition to firefighting, the district specializes in wildland firefighting, emergency medical services, hazardous material disposal, and community involvement activities. Jessey Zerfoss, a firefighter who works at the Superior station was interviewed at the firehouse.
Here is what Jessey had to say:
How does Rocky Mountain Fire promote National Preparedness Month?
We are very active in the community to promote National Preparedness Month. We often do in home calls to educate people on where they can and should go to be prepared. We help them find their water and gas shutoff valves, let them know where to go to replace their fire or carbon monoxide alarms, and demonstrate how to replace them. We also stress the importance of being prepared for any type of emergency.
What advice do you have for residents of the Boulder area to be prepared? It is important to plan for at least 48-72 hours of self sufficiency as it typically takes that long for emergency personnel to arrive and assist in the event of an emåergency. That means having food, water, and heating available for that duration.
How would you rate the level of preparedness for families, schools, businesses, etc. in this area?
Boulder and America as a whole have a lot of resources available to assist after or in case of an emergency situation. Very few resources are available to plan and prepare for emergencies.
People prepare after the fact i.e.: building homes higher after a flood rather than before, or building homes in the thick of a forest without first considering the possibility of a fire. There needs to be more awareness surrounding emergency preparedness and being proactive rather than reacting to emergencies after, they happen.
The insight Jessey has provided signals the importance of being ready for all emergencysituations. As a first responder, he and other firefighters see firsthand the level of preparedness people in the community are taking in case of emergencies. It is up to important partners and advocates to educate others on the vital steps to becoming better prepared. The greater the level of preparedness the public takes, the less a disaster will impact communities, nationwide.
This September, do not forget to educate yourself, coworkers, family and friends on being prepared for disasters. SERVPRO of Lafayette/Louisville and other key partners are doing what it takes to help the community be “Ready for whatever happens.”
SERVPRO of Lafayette/Louisville is a 24/7 emergency water removal & flood clean up repair service company, Our technicians are highly trained and experienced with every water damage situation from sewage damage to clean up.