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Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Preparedness Begins in the Home
But How Does One Actually Make a Family Emergency Plan?

Helpful link answers questions and makes it easy

Your family may not be together when a disaster strikes so it is important to plan in advance: how you will get to a safe place; how you will contact one another; how you will get back together; and what you will do in different situations.  The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has developed a "how to" guide to help you prepare your family and your home.  Visit the below website to get your family and home ready for the next emergency.

Emergency Preparedness

The new reality

There is no easy way to say it; 9-11 changed our lives.That day's events made us acknowledge the world is far different than we would like it to be.For us and the generations before us, emergency planning had been limited to seasonal sparring with Mother Nature facing rain, snow, high wind and related power outages.9-11 reshaped the environment.Today, emergency preparedness means planning for not just the normal assortment of natural phenomena but also for a host of unthinkable and unpredictable man-made disasters. Does dwelling on the situation do any good? No.Does accepting the reality and making the necessary basic preparations make sense? Yes.

Hurricane season opened June 1

Historically, most disruptions to our lives are weather related, and, though they may be prolonged, recovery periods from heavy snows and tropical storms are taken in stride by most of us.Summer thunderstorms can be devastating either through their high winds or torrential rains.Coping with the loss of power or flooded basements in the aftermath of thunderstorms is daunting, frustrating - even infuriating but it is manageable.

In the past 25 years, Village residents have endured at least three 24-inch snowstorms, tornado-like damage from a freak "downburst" in 1989 that toppled trees throughout the Village crushing cars, slicing through roofs and clogging our neighborhood streets for days.The July 27 thunderstorm in 2004 put 5 inches of rain into the storm and sewer systems in less than two hours flooding basements across, not just the Village, but the entire region.But again, coping with these types of events is manageable.The nightly news broadcasts routinely show us flood, storm and snow damage from across the region and around the world.We are familiar with those situations and that exposure and experience makes us better able to cope when it is our turn.

Readying ourselves

Since 9-11, the American population has become uncomfortably aware of a whole host of potentially devastating event scenarios.Unlike the weather events where we know how to pick up the pieces, these new types of events are unfamiliar and we must develop new plans to endure them drawing, where practical, on our experience. Added to these man-made possibilities is the avian/bird flu potential with an entirely different range of impacts.

Institutionalized community and region-wide planning within Montgomery County is not new.The Village became involved with Montgomery County's Emergency Planning and Preparedness work in the 1990s when concerns were identified dubbed "Y2K" over potential wide-spread computer failures at the rollover from 1999 to 2000. That planning group and coordination effort has evolved over time and the Village staff, especially our Police Department, is included.

This summary's remainder focuses on preparedness addressing in sequence:1) what the Village has learned thus far in working with County and other officials;2) what can reasonably be expected from the Village government; and 3) what Village residents as individuals, families and neighbors must plan and be prepared to be responsible for on their own.

What should Residents do?

Planning is essential.On the following page we are providing web addresses for organizations providing guidelines, lists, recommendations and general discussion on the planning process you and your family should put in place.The Village staff and the staffs of countless other governmental units will be constrained by the nature of the event in exactly the same way residents will be.

Village Resident Coordination

Planners across the country advocate the best way we can help our residents is to foster the development of support networks where assistance is provided by neighbors helping neighbors.Initial-stage aid will come in many forms ranging from simply relaying news and information, to providing refrigerator space for a neighbor's medicines, to providing 4-wheel-drive transportation when appropriate. Following the listing of web addresses and organizations for individual planning is a questionnaire we ask you to please complete.

The questionnaire will help us identify people across the Village with special training, education, skills or resources that, we would hope, could be drawn upon in times of need to help those nearby. We have the Village directory cross-referenced by name and address, but we would like to build a third cross-reference telling us who might be a registered nurse or who is a HAM radio hobbyist or who has a generator and would be willing to store refrigerated medicines.