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Public Speaking - Emergency Preparedness

September 30th, 2017 at 03:15 am

A couple of weeks ago I was asked to do a presentation on emergency preparedness. The event was last night. I normally would rather have a root canal than speak publicly, but this topic is one I am very passionate about. I was happy with the outcome, and hopefully there are at least a few people who will be better prepared because they attended.

During the presentation I asked the group who had a family plan in the event of an emergency. Less than 10% raised their hands. I get it. It takes time, it takes money, it takes motivation. All too often the trifecta comes too late.

I would think that Texas and Puerto Rico would be motivation for anyone watching.

So, I pointed folks to the multitude of references on- the county website, the state website, Ready.gov, pintrest, etc. Basically, just google family emergency plan, and there is a plethora of good information. What I like about our county plan is that they provide checklists and templates in their workbooks. Including a plan to build an emergency supply kit over the course of 12 months, breaking it down to a few items a month to make it more attainable for folks on a limited income.

A simple plan is better than no plan. And every little bit helps.

I was asked to put another presentation together, which made me think I must have done ok. Smile

So, do you have a family emergency plan? Can I provide anyone here with linked resources?

Lil Z is having a sleepover with me tonight. It is pretty routine that we spend Friday nights together, and honestly, there isnt a thing in the world I would rather be doing.

Have a great weekend!



9 Responses to “Public Speaking - Emergency Preparedness”

  1. ceejay74 Says:

    I don't! I read a book a year ago that convinced me it was a good idea to do preparation, but then I never got around to it. Having it broken into affordable steps might help...

  2. My English Castle Says:

    Agreed! Give us some ideas, Ray!

  3. Thrifty Ray Says:

    Here is the link to the workbook. Just look for "JCES 2016 book-online" under additional resources.

    https://jacksoncountyor.org/emergency/Preparedness/Personal-...

  4. Amber Says:

    So glad your event went well. I spent over $400 last month on hurricane supplies due to no plan. I'll be sure to check out the link, thanks for sharing

  5. Katwoman Says:

    Not enough can be said for be prepared! This is also a topic near and dear to my heart yet I find it interesting that my local politicos don't want to do much.

    What is your role in your community? Any tips you can provide would be a great help.

  6. PatientSaver Says:

    People usually know various online resources are out there but are just too lazy or distracted by other things to go and read them. I think your own personal story and a breakdown of how you went about it would be very illuminating.

  7. snafu Says:

    We live in an area of sudden, life threatening, winter storms where it's critical to have an emergency kit in your car. After the 1st snowfall of the season, every newscast and home show demonstrates an easy to put together kit but it's shocking that people ignore the facts.

    Would you consider repeating your presentation as a vlog on You Tube?

  8. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    That's something we have neglected to do ... with the multiple cats though ... I don't know that we'd be able to go anywhere very quickly. Not enough cat carriers for all of them for one thing ... Something for us to think about though.

  9. rob62521 Says:

    I'm sure you rocked the presentation, and the validation is the fact you were asked again. Bravo!

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