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Prepared for Disaster?

January 11th, 2010

So we all practice major disturbance drills, personal defense skills on a regular basis.  In the academy we learn the skills we need to handle even the most challenging conflicts with the tools provided to us by the department.  The problem is that few departments actually prepare for large scale natural disasters.  Earthquakes, Tsunami’s, hurricanes, volcanic eruptions, the list goes on and on.  Most of these incidents  would come with little or no warning.  Even predictable events are often miscalculated as to their severity.   I want you to think about what you would do should something catastrophic take place in your area.  My first thoughts would be with my family.  Are they okay?  Do they need help?  Are they injured?  These questions would haunt me as I went about my tasks at work to keep the community safe.  Last weekend we had a strong Earthquake in our region.  Although tremors are nothing new, this one was notable.  Our first concern in the area where I live is Tsunami’s.  Earthquakes are sometimes just the beginning.  As we were preparing for the worst at work, my thoughts went to my family.  Luckily there was no Tsunami, and I knew my family knew what to do in this type of situation, as we had discussed it many times, and have supplies ready should we need them.  Other officers were not so sure, they had to take the time out of their duties to explain to their families where emergency supplies were located (the power was out in some areas) and explain the dangers of a tsunami. 

Preparing the institution is relatively easy.  Through experienced managers, and effective plan can be put in place.  Just do not forget about those at home.  Make sure you have a REAL plan ready should the worst happen.  You will most likely not be able to come home to help when disaster strikes.  Be safe out there.

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