Emergency preparedness activities involve planning, training and exercise no matter the scale of the event being planned, nor the population size that is preparing. A small family planning evacuation routes and rallying points from their home should follow the same planning process as a large factory also planning evacuation routes and rallying points for their business. Both the family and the business need to follow up creating the plan with training family members or employees on actions the plan identifies; then follow the training with actual drills or exercises that reinforce the knowledge from the initial plan. This same model of planning, training and exercise is used in emergency management and public safety to enhance our ability to respond effectively.
Other preparedness activities at the EMA include public information campaigns, hazard vulnerability assessments, maintaining and calibrating radiological monitors, continuing education, updating our resource manual, emergency operations plan, and hazardous materials plan.
A wealth of information to help you prepare your family or business for disasters can be found at www.ready.gov