Planning not to be a victim
Ready.gov has developed some great tools to assist us with our own personal preparedness measures. Completing their suggested plans will go a long way toward preventing us, our families, and even our pets from becoming victims who need rescuing rather than people who are prepared to deal with an emergency and provide help to others, whether it’s our neighbors or our work place and patrons who need help.
Especially check out the “My Family Emergency Plan.” Clicking on the “Go” link there pulls up a sequential form you can fill out and which will result in a PDF document you can download and/or print for your family. (My only problem with it is that there is enough room for only two pets, and I will have to add our third dog and our four horses as my children, which is perfectly fitting given the lives they lead.) At the end of the emergency plan is the opportunity to print out emergency cards for family members to carry. Very cool tools!