ATS Disaster Preparedness
In the event of a disaster, the first and foremost person you should rely upon is yourself. Whatever disaster you experience, you are on the scene first. You should consider yourself your own first responder. As such, you need to learn and prepare for that event NOW, before the event happens, so that you will have the knowledge and skills necessary to help yourself. Several agencies and organizations offer free/low-cost training to assist you in preparing for the worst. Such things as:

  • Go to the Red Cross and sign up for a first aid class. Understand how to bandage and splint and help in a disaster.
  • Go to FEMA and learn how the federal government expects things to be handled in the event of a disaster. This can go a long way towards both understanding what is happening, as well as awakening you to the idea you must help yourself. The following ICS classes are consider a good starter set:
    • ICS.700a, NIMS An Introduction
    • ICS.100b, Introduction to Incident Command System
    • ICS.200b, ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
    • ICS.800b, National Response Framework, An Introduction
  • Go to Community Emergency Response Team, and learn how those spray painted "X" symbols get on people's houses after a storm.
  • Donate blood. In an emergency, once a tornado has ravaged the town, is not the right time to donate. Donate as often as you can.

Keep those skills current by going back and refreshing them again once a year.

Additionally, you can create several types of kits to help yourself in a disaster. The general idea behind many of these is not to have "everything" you might need, but to have just those key things you will actually be willing to lug around with you every day, everywhere you may go. Some examples are:

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