Aside from all the response stuff that goes on in the disaster, I think the mainstream public doesn’t understand debris management. In fact, I would go so far as to say that many communities across the US don’t have a debris management plan.
Here’s the current situation here in Monroe County, FL (aka Florida Keys).
This is one of several locations for debris.
What makes this so complex is that because of the smaller geographic location of the islands, it is hard to manage space too.
Emergency Managers should also think about transportation of debris. I’ve had to already roll out my evasive driving maneuvers. Not good.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Response is easy. But true Emergency Managers know that Recovery is the hardest phase in a disaster.
These are the kinds of details will help enhance your current plans.
Now you are probably wondering why I said to write them down (hard copy). If you lose power to your cell phone, or worse yet, you lose your cell phone during evacuation – you won’t have your programmed address book to reference with all the important contact information and cell phone numbers.
This week has been chock full of preparedness tips for power outages.
I know each of you have been working hard at preparing your kits, double checking and updating your supplies. Today’s tip addresses your ride (aka your whip):
Keep your car gas tank at least half full. Gas stations rely on electricity to power their pumps. You’ll also have a good method for charging devices in an emergency or, if necessary, moving to a location with power.
To bring a smile to your Saturday, here’s a quick video for you
Keep your tanks filled…and sing loud and proud!
Don’t wait. Communicate. Make your emergency plan today.
Knowledge is power…so share your power safety tips with everyone.