As National Preparedness Month, September is an important reminder of the need to prepare ourselves, our families and our communities for potential emergencies.
“Disasters can happen to anyone anywhere,” said John Tansley, Boyd Gaming’s Security Manager who leads the Company’s emergency management efforts. “All too often we underestimate the potential damages of a natural disaster. Lack of preparation makes it harder to pick up the pieces afterward.”
To help you get through emergencies, here are a few tips to get your preparation started.
- Develop a plan that includes a home evacuation plan, shelter-in-place plan and a family communication plan. As you create a plan for your family, understand the hazards and potential risks around your home and community so that you’re prepared to take quick action when an emergency arises.
- Build and maintain an emergency kit in your home to manage 3-4 days without access to water or power. This kit should include, but is not limited to, bottled water, non-perishable food, medication, flashlights, batteries, crank-operated radio, first aid kit, a multitool and digital copies of important documents on a USB drive. Consider storing an emergency kit in your vehicle as well. For a full emergency supply checklist, click here.
- When building your kit, consider all aspects of your life. Do you have pets, an elderly family member or someone who has a physical impairment living with you? If so, be sure to address this in your plan and ensure that your emergency kit includes items that support their needs.
- Staying informed is vital during and after an emergency. Most communities have regional, county and city smartphone applications to help alert their citizens of danger. FEMA has a smartphone app that provides disaster specific information on shelters and how to file claims. Be sure to also listen to local authorities on the radio or television for instructions, and follow those directions.
- Get involved in preparing your community by getting to know your neighbors as they can be a great resource during a crisis. Additionally, look into joining various organizations focused on preparedness training, including the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Citizen Corps, American Red Cross or Team Rubicon.
According to Tansley, tackling a few of these preparedness tips at a time will help you and your family be better prepared for an emergency.
“Start simple and build from there,” advises Tansley. “By tackling your to-do list in parts each week or month, it’s easier to make sure you’re ready. Pick from the lists at ready.gov that apply to your part of the country and your family’s situation. Anything you do is likely to put you in a better position than doing nothing. That said, the more prepared you are, the faster you and your family will recover.”
Learn more about preparedness tips by visiting www.ready.gov. For regional resources and additional preparedness tips and toolkits, Boyd Gaming team members can visit the Boyd.net Crisis Management page from their workstations.