Preparing for a Disaster Part 2!

As we head into the September/October months I want to share what a “Family Emergency Plan” looks like.  A family can be all the people living under one roof…or it can mean your family across town or far away, the people you love and care about. There are resources for supplies on many websites (water, food, medications, flashlights) that everyone must customize to make getting through an emergency more tolerable, but the component of your Family Plan will be most important as it involves a communication plan- and plan of action should an emergency event occur. Think first about your most dependent loved ones. This usually means children and elderly parents and grandparents.  If you have a loved one who is disabled, they too will fall into this group.  Do the people who care for your loved ones have a plan? Do you know the plan? Is there a Plan A? Plan B…Pan C?   Do they know YOUR plan? Knowing what you do and where you will be are just as important.  How will you attempt to establish where everyone is and where they may be headed? One way to do this is to create a few scenarios to talk through.  Children can get involved in these conversations and be a part of the planning.  The scenarios should cover the day (are they at school?), the weekends (wherever your weekend leads you be it a soccer game or an afternoon movie) and everything in between. When you and your family come up with the plans to your scenarios, write them down and share with everyone who needs to know. ...

Preparing for a Disaster!

Today I had the opportunity to present a brief disaster training at the Encino Chamber’s Business and Professionals luncheon at the Monterey.  When we talk about disaster planning, earthquakes are usually the first to pop into your mind.  Earthquakes can be devastating and the damages can run into the billions.  Here in Los Angeles we have an assortment of disasters that can affect us at anytime including flooding, wildfires and wind storms. ONEgeneration has signed on to participate in the Great Shake Out set for October 17, 2013 at 10:17am.  We will have an agency-wide drill to practice our duck, cover and hold  skills.  The children have an easy time with this, but our frail seniors may not quite want to climb under a table for the sake of a drill. Every program will modify what they do during the drill to fit the population they serve. Our goal is to bring awareness to families to think about an emergency and how to handle it.  We want families to discuss a plan and let others know about it…neighbors and nearby relatives, so all can be involved and understand what (if any) roles they have. Next blog…what that family plan looks...