©3-16-11 by Donna Cunningham, MSW
We’re mesmerized by the images of Japan’s destruction on television, and I think it’s hitting home to all of us that a disaster could strike anywhere, anytime. We’ve been having a very productive discussion in the comment section here about the difference between fear mongering and prudent preparation for a possible emergency.
I believe that taking practical steps and developing a sound family or workplace plan for what you’d do in an emergency is a good antidote to fear–we’re less likely to panic if we know exactly what to do and where to go.
The coastal cities here in Oregon were well rehearsed on what to do if a tsunami was expected. After the quake in Japan, they evacuated in a calm, orderly way during the tsunami watch.
I got so many helpful ideas from the discussion in the comment section—things I’d never thought of, supplies I’d allowed to disappear in my move last summer. I’m going out shopping for replacements this very day.
Bella’s great suggestion was a “go bag,” always packed and near the door with absolute necessities for a rapid emergency evacuation.
It would hold a can opener, flashlight, a few days worth of our medications, some cash, a change of underwear, a radio with batteries—essentials like that.
Let the impetus of those devastating images of Japan spur us into pulling together the things we’d need in case of a crisis.
As a result of this discussion, I asked Dr. Deborah Bier, one of the leaders in creating an emergency preparedness system for Concord, MA, to conduct a special Question and Answer Session on practical steps you can take to prepare for an emergency. See it here: Emergency Preparedness—A Q&A Session by Dr. Deborah Bier.
Other articles on this topic:
- Emergency Preparedness–What’s in YOUR “Go Bag”?
- Rescue Remedy—Dr. Bach’s Emergency Formula
- Emergency Preparedness Project–Using a Crisis to Mobilize Yourself
Some Self-Help tools for Crisis:
- Shields Up! Fight Second-hand Fear and Despair!
- EFT-Another Self-Help tool for Freedom from Fear
- In a Crisis? Rescue Remedy Can Help You through It (Keep a bottle in the Go Bag or Emergency Kit!)
- Hope for Those in the Dark Night of the Soul
- Red Clover Essence–A Gentle Antidote to Mass Hysteria, by Sheryl Karas
- 10 Strategies for Killing Negative Thoughts
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