Posted on December 30, 2022 at 11:57 AM by Deputy Aaron Scheller
When it comes to being prepared for an emergency, there's a greater chance you will be able to better navigate the situation if you have a well-practiced plan in place. You’ve likely heard the saying “If you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail.” This is to say that if we do nothing to prepare for an event, we leave room for things to go wrong.
I invite you to take a moment right now and imagine an emergency just struck. What’s your first move? What are you going to do if you can’t return home, or if you can’t reach your family members? If the answers didn’t immediately come to mind, it likely means you don't have an emergency preparedness plan. Luckily, you have time and there are plenty of templates to help you so that you don’t have to start from scratch – American Red Cross (www.redcross.org) and Ready.gov (www.ready.gov/plan) both have great templates and checklists.
Once you’ve completed your plan, it’s important to practice. With practice, comes confidence. And with confidence, comes a greater chance of being prepared to handle whatever issues come your way.
Now, I know that when we think about emergency preparedness, our thoughts almost always immediately go to natural disasters (fires, floods, and earthquakes). But what about other emergencies such as a robbery or assault? If you are in the habit of making New Year’s resolutions, I encourage you to make one of them to improve your self-protection skills. This includes gaining better awareness of your surroundings to sense possible threats around you, and of course, learning self-defense. With these two skills, you'll be better prepared to react at a moment’s notice and stay safe in a variety of dangerous situations.
That’s it for this month’s blog. Let’s make 2023 the year of a positive, confident mindset and preparedness! As always, if you have any public safety-related questions or concerns you want to share with the City or our me, or if you have suggestions for topics to cover in this blog, be sure to let me know using the Ask a Deputy feature.