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Location Specific Hazard and Preparedness Info in Parks

Local communities and individual residents in general lack the skills, education and know-how to properly prepare themselves for emergencies and disasters. This can be attributed to many factors but the following three major factors will be discussed here. First, people in general have failed to be prepared for emergencies and disasters because they have not been made aware of the dangers and hazards that may affect their local communities. Second, readiness campaigns in the past have only offered limited access to generalized information that is not geographically specific to the types of threats each community might face. Third, people without internet access have been left without any easily accessible way to get information on how to prepare for emergencies and disasters. A solid and cost effective solution that would reach a diverse audience and be able to provide geographically specific and expert organized information about local hazards and how to prepare accordingly is needed. The solution proposed here is simple, cheap and easy to maintain. Placing bulletin board type structures in all the city, county and state parks that would feature disaster information and local hazard information is a good way to involve residents in being proactive about disaster preparedness. Unlike other methods used to prompt residents in the past to become disaster ready, this program would actually provide an abundant amount of information that would be location specific, all in one place, reliable, easily accessible, in multiple languages and free.

Submitted by melissa.reed 6 months ago

Comments (5)

  1. Good idea ,but a good local coordinator should have had input from his community and used their knowledge to help with a plan.Second this should have been part of the plan to educate the citizens of that area.Third ,I'll give you that one because you are right.

    6 months ago
  2. Bottom line, no means of communication will lead to plans and preparation by certain segments of our society. Time after time, disasters occur and individuals expect someone to save them. Why? First there is the it won't happen to me syndrome. Then, gee I never had the time or we can't afford it. "What's a 72 hour kit?". In this day and age I can't believe anyone hasn't heard that readiness can save lives and property. Some schools actually are very effective. However, when children carry the message home is it ever acted on? Not very often. It is sad but no amount of money will ever motivate some people to be responsible for their own well being.

    6 months ago
  3. There could be some potential for bulletin boards provided within public parks, but they would not be free as the last sentence states. Constructing bulletin boards and the staff time to prepare the messages and maintain them would be an ongoing need. Most parks also have a minimal amount of signage mainly so that natural park aesthetics are maintained and to remove easy targets for graffiti and vandalism. More and more parks do have a public education component with permanent signage mainly for wetlands or natural resources education, but there is no reason that flood safety, lightning safety, or other local hazards could not be worked into those messages.

    6 months ago
  4. This is one such program that might work. Those of us that have been teaching and administering emergency preparedness programs, forums, discussions, classes, fairs and other such education have found that maybe only 10% of the public even gets the knowledge they need to prepare themselves and their families. A percentage of those still won't do anything to help themselves. We only have to look back at very recent history to prove this fact.

    A sad commentary on the Emergency Managers seems even worse by comparison.

    In early 2013 a study was done in the form of a survey of Emergency Managers throughout the United States showed that only 25% of Emergency Managers themselves had 72 hour kits. 25%! To me, this fact is totally unacceptable!

    A 72 Hour kit used to be a common goal for everyone. FEMA and other entities have always asked for us to have these kits for ourselves and each member of our family. That was supposed to be a minimum, never a maximum. This has also been a proven fact as we have seen that Emergency Resources may not be able to get to you until way after that first 72 hours has past. This only means that EVERYONE needs to prepare in order to save their lives.

    If WE don't prepare and get our neighbors to prepare, many more people will be injured and die as a result of NOT following preparedness guidelines that have been set.

    6 months ago
    1. On some of the other forums i am on, that is what i have heard and this is wrong on our part. We must practice what we preach and show them we do our plan and have a pack . I have two in my car and a family one at my residence. My family has been told were to meet and has a list of numbers to let others know we are all right. It only makes sense that we teach what we do ,not just teach to teach.

      6 months ago

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