Dallas Roof Disaster Planning kit
Disaster is a sudden, calamitous event bringing great damage, loss, destruction and devastation to life and property. The damage caused by disasters is immeasurable and varies with the geographical location, climate and the type of the earth surface. This influences the mental, socio-economic, political and cultural state of the affected area. It completely disrupts the regular day to day life while negatively influencing the normal emergency systems. In short, it is a serious disruption of the functioning of society, causing widespread human, material and environmental losses far in excess of what the society can cope with.
However, people tend to overlook such eventualities, being reassured by fire alarms, earthquake detectors, weather forecasting through GPS technology, etc, not realizing that Mother Nature can wipe away all such manmade safety devices with one stroke of her powerful hand. The recent tsunami disaster in Japan bears witness to such happenings. In Texas, Gov. Rick Perry had earlier declared 40 counties as disaster areas after flooding caused by the remnants of tropical storm Hermine. According to EDRO, “About 99.98 percent of human effort goes to debilitate the ecosystems. In other words, “For every single step taken to restore the natural life support services, humans take 6,400 steps in the opposite direction, destroying the planet’s ability to maintain life.”
It briefly outlines some relevant issues such as identifying the nature of disaster that is likely to hit the community one is living in and the type of warning system working for it. It also envisages about the awareness of the magnitude of such calamities and the mental as well physical preparedness to face it. The WCC Disaster Planning Kit includes valuable suggestions advising people to discuss with family members about the seriousness of the issue and see how they respond to it. The matter may also be sorted out with other community members and a common bond formed to tackle any life threatening situation jointly.
The Kit also contains valuable advices and suggestions such as getting in touch with local emergency management center or civil defense office or also the neighboring American Red Cross to find out their mode of disaster management and check how effective these are when the actual disaster strikes.
Some of the realistic issues that come into the forefront include ways and means of family members staying in contact when physically separated due to disaster by taking the following steps.
* Select a location some safe distance away from home if fire breaks out.
* Select a location away from the neighborhood if returning home seems difficult.
* Opt for an out-of-state friend/relation as a ‘check-n-contact’ person whom everyone can call.
* Provide emergency telephone numbers for everyone.
* Make all adult family members familiar with the main switches for turning off water, gas and electricity.
* Install handy battery operated smoke detectors in all the rooms, check their functions by lighting a small fire occasionally and change the batteries at least twice a year.
* Get fully informed about home fire hazards by discussing matter with the local fire department.
* Learn the basics of first aid from the Internet and familiarize all family members with it.
Lastly, meet with your neighbors to find out the number of old and invalid people living within the community that need special help when disaster hits.