Here in Canada, the first full week of May is celebrated as Emergency Preparedness Week. While I have my own big news coming on Tuesday to help you with your preparedness and resilience, there are lots of other resources out there to help you with getting ready for an emergency!
The first step is recognizing that emergencies and disasters don’t discriminate, they happen to everyone…even you. For a great look at the huge variety of emergencies and disasters that happen to normal people every day, take a look at the Emergency Manager’s Weekly Situation Report. Run by a veteran Emergency Manager, the Weekly Sit Rep is a collection of open source and public reports of emergencies and disasters from around the world. One of the best ways to prepare yourself is to see what has happened somewhere else and ask yourself “What would I do?” This gives you an opportunity to at least consider how you would respond in a similar situation.
After recognizing that it can (and likely will at some point) happen to you, you should figure out how to prepare yourself. For that, you can look to your national, state/province, or local emergency management organization. Here’s a list of some English-language national preparedness websites:
- Australia: Australian Red Cross – Emergency Preparedness Guide
- Canada: GetPrepared.ca
- United Kingdom: Preparing for Emergencies
- United States: Ready.Gov
Of course, there are lots of other places you can go to find out information, including right here! But the best place to start is always wherever you find yourself. So, what’s stopping you from getting started?