June is National Safety Month

According to the National Safety Council, June is National safety month.

Week 1: Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls
Week 2: Employee Wellness
Week 3: Emergency Preparedness
Week 4: Ergonomics

Although each week’s focus is important, I would like to peek specifically into week 3 which is near and dear to my heart.

NSC says: “Manmade and natural hazards occur routinely in the United States. On average, nearly 70 Federal disaster declarations are issued annually. Your home or work routines can be disrupted with little or no warning by natural disasters, fires or other catastrophic events. It’s important that you and your family are prepared as help may not always be available. During large community wide emergencies, first responders – police, fire and emergency medical services may be overwhelmed with numerous calls for help or even physically unable to reach your location due to blocked roads.”

The average disasters on the federal level is eye opening, although I am sure that this comes as no surprise to many of you. The NSC advises many of the same things that we preach on a daily basis. Information is priceless. Preparedness is priceless. It can mean the difference between finding loved ones when all communication lines are down or passing those loved ones in route to finding each other. It can be the difference between having a hungry child crying and looking to you to feed them or having enough food to “weather-the-storm”. It can be the difference between having clean drinking water or developing dysentery by ingesting harmful bacteria from untreated water.

I don’t know about you… but I think I would rather be prepared and self-sufficient as opposed to feeling helpless and at the government’s mercy as I wait for them to come and rescue me. Think about it. The government that many people look to for help in times of emergency is telling you to prepare! That is the wisest advice that I have heard from them in a long time.

Love to the family.

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