During an extreme weather event or natural disaster, like last week's severe weather in Texas, first responders can be stressed with incident responsibilities while their own families and homes are at risk. Preparing first responder families ahead of time for disasters and emergencies will provide them peace of mind and allow personnel to focus on their work.
Ready.gov's Ready Responder Toolkit provides emergency response agencies with a series of planning tools to help prepare personnel and their families for emergencies.
The toolkit contains resources to help first responders:
- Build an emergency supply kit.
- Make a family emergency plan.
- Understand the types of emergencies they may respond to and teach their families about what they should do.
- Prepare for any special considerations like individuals with access or functional needs, older adults, children and pets.
Download the toolkit today to begin helping personnel in your department prepare for disasters and emergencies. Once plans are created, encourage personnel to practice them with their families.
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: Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times