Be ready now is a weekly post about things you can do right now to get ready for whatever might come next courtesy of Dennis L Hitzeman’s Readiness Weblog. You can find other posts in this series in the “Be ready now” category.
This week’s theme: Immediate Readiness Response Checklist
Many things may need to happen at the moment a disaster occurs, but it is important to keep track of your immediate readiness plan:
- Where is everyone involved in your plan? Is someone missing? Does anyone know why? Where was the missing person last known to be?
- Is anyone present injured? How badly? Does the injury require first aid? Can you or someone nearby perform that aid? Does someone need to call or go for assistance?
- Is the place you are safe? If not, can you get to someplace safe? If you can’t get to someplace safe, can something be done to make where you are safe?
- Once everyone involved in your plan is cared for and safe, are others in need of immediate assistance?
Several things to consider in the wake of a disaster:
- If possible, shelter in place.
- If sheltering in place is not possible, evacuate to your predetermined rallying point.
- If evacuating to your rallying point is not possible, follow your contingency plan.
- Be sure that you have as many of your immediate readiness supplies as possible given the circumstances.