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Six Ways to Prepare for a Disaster

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First row: (from left) Deb Cross, Diane Schanke, Patty Comperini, Carlene Enama, April Schumacher, Dan Smith, Stacy Thiel, Tammy Hintz. Second row: (from left) Kent Katalinick, Traci Behnke, Laura Ruys, Tom Laabs, Robert Black. Back row: (from right) Brandyn Behnke, Linda Vanstippen, Carl Mohl, Joe Schweda, and Scott Thompson.

I recently attended a training program at the Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, Ala. with 17 other Affinity employees, where we learned the appropriate skills on how to respond to, and manage, emergency incidents. We participated in a mock disaster where a group of domestic terrorists attacked a subway, causing injuries, death and disruption of daily life.

Training is the key to success and we were lucky to have been able to participate in a simulated terrorist exercise. I learned a lot of valuable information not only for our facilities but also for our community and the entire state.

I learned how to prepare as a health care provider, but there are also some things you can do as a community member to prepare for a disaster. Events can strike at any time, so having a plan in place can help make a difference. Red Cross gives a few ways you can help prepare:

  1. Make an emergency preparedness kit
  2. Create and practice your family disaster plan
  3. Have at least one member of your household trained in first aid and CPR/AED
  4. Know what emergencies or disasters are most likely to occur in your community
  5. Read through the appropriate disaster guides for your area
  6. Make an evacuation plan with a map and highlighter and determine two or three destinations and the routes to get there

Share what you have learned with your household, family members and neighbors. Encourage them to be informed.

For more information on the training program I attended click here.

About Deb Cross

Deb Cross is a Registered Nurse with Affinity and director of NurseDirect/Population Health. She has worked at NurseDirect for three years and has been with Affinity for 23 years.

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