Institute of Swedish Safety & Security


Risk Management & Crisis Preparedness




PREPAREDNESS: Make a Plan

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There are actions that should be taken before, during and after an event that are unique to each hazard. Identify the hazards that have happened or could happen in your area and plan for the unique actions for each.  Local Emergency management offices can help identify the hazards in your area and outline the local plans and recommendations for each. However, every responsible person should ensure that they are prepared and able to ensure the well-being of immediate family members and themselves during a natural or man made disaster. First, understand what the potential hazards are for the region and country you live in and decide what course of action (with options) you would need to take for each of those hazards and what equipment (supplies) would be required to manage for a minimum period of 72 hours after the event. Be sure to discuss your plan with all family members to ensure they are familiar with your thoughts and planning.


An example of an Emergency Plan can be viewed and downloaded here.


Emergencies can range from inconvenient to devastating. However, there are some simple preparedness steps individuals can take in advance to minimize there impact on individuals and their families. Family and community preparedness planning can enhance community readiness and reduce the impact of disaster by expediting recovery in the aftermath of unpreventable catastrophes.


Find out from local government emergency management how you will be notified for each kind of disasters, both natural and man-made. You should also inquire about alert and warning systems for workplace, schools and other locations. Methods of getting your attention vary from community to community. One common method is to broadcast via local radio and TV broadcasts.


Depending upon the nature of the emergency and your circumstances, one of the first important decisions is whether to stay where you are or evacuate. You should understand and plan for both possibilities.

Learn more about specific hazard types, including natural disasters, technological and accidental hazards, and terrorist hazards.

 

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