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Thursday, 11 October 2012

Here are some essential steps that you can take to prepare for disasters


Preparing for Disaster
Image from UNOCHA and UNDP's "Act now, save later" clip. Watch it here:
Here are some essential steps that you can take to prepare for disasters:

  1. Build an Emergency Supply Kit and include non-perishable food, water, a battery-powered or hand-crank radio, extra flashlights and batteries, sanitary items, shoes and clothing as well as other items you might need. 
  2. Make a Family Emergency Plan. Agree how you will contact one another, how you will find each other and what you will do in case of an emergency.
  3. Volunteer to support disaster efforts in your community, be part of the community planning process.
  4. Join or start a preparedness project. Serve your community by improving the preparedness of your friends, colleagues and neighbors.
  5. Support major disasters by donating cash or goods that are needed.
  6. Duplicate your important documents and keep an extra copy offsite either in a safety deposit box or with someone you trust. Examples of these documents are: passport, driver's license, social security card, will, deeds, financial statements, prescriptions, personal items, etc. Include an inventory of your valuables, in writing and with photographs or video.
  7. Get the latest information from your local news stations and follow instructions given by local emergency management officials.
  8. Learn the elevation level of your property and whether the land is flood-prone.
  9. Learn community hurricane evacuation routes and how to find higher ground. Determine where you would go and how you would get there if you needed to evacuate
  10. Remove dead or rotting trees and branches that could fall and cause injury or damage during a severe thunderstorm.
  11. If you are a tourist, familiarize yourself with local tsunami evacuation protocols. You may be able to safely evacuate to the 3rd floor and higher.
  12. Prepare for landslides by following proper land-use procedures.
  13. In mudflow areas, build channels or deflection walls to direct the flow around buildings.
  14. Use fire-resistant or noncombustible materials on the roof and exterior structure of your house.

World Disaster Reduction Campaign

Get involved:

 Showcase what women and girls are doing to contribute to disaster resilience.

 Organize public events to increase understanding of gender concerns in DRR processes.

Lobby national and local governments as well as community leaders and decision makers, academia, and international organizations to 'Step Up'.

Mobilize the public at large to demand changes to the socio-cultural/political framework that exacerbates the exclusion of women and their vulnerabilities.

Encourage men and boys to get involved.

Think Big - Gender equality and risk reduction principles must guide all aspects of disaster mitigation, response and reconstruction.

Get The Facts - Gender analysis is needed to direct aid and plan for full and equitable recovery. Nothing in disaster work is "gender neutral."

Work With Women - Women's community organizations have insight, information, experience, networks, and resources vital to increasing disaster resilience.

 Resist Stereotypes -
Base all initiatives on knowledge of difference and specific cultural, economic, political, and sexual contexts, not on false generalities.

 Respect and develop the capacities of women and girls.

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