A couple of times a year, the US Geological Survey encourages all of us to think about disasters—how to prepare for them, where to go, what to do. The agency says most Americans, about 70% of us, have not participated in a recent preparedness drill or exercise other than, perhaps, a fire drill at work or school.
Making an emergency plan is the sort of thing about which it’s very easy to procrastinate. But this time around, coming as it does right on the heels of the deadly tornados in the Midwest, I’m betting many of us will pay a bit more attention to the USGS campaign. A “National Day of Action” is scheduled for Wednesday, April 30, when people are encouraged to get information about whichever event—or events—are most likely to strike in their area, to prepare emergency kits, and to figure out a family plan so that everyone knows where they’re supposed to be if the event actually occurs.
And the USGS makes it fairly easy to do. This press release contains links to information on a number of different things that can seriously mess up your life—floods, fires, tornados, hurricanes.
A second day of action will be held on September 30, focusing on a different set of potential disasters: earthquakes, hazardous material spills, pandemics, and severe winter weather.