September is National Preparedness Month, and the timing is pertinent, to say the least.
With so many recent natural disasters, some even occurring simultaneously, there is no better time to think about how we can be prepared in case of an emergency. If you aren’t living in an area that’s currently affected, it can be easy to put off thinking about what your plan would be if your town or city were in the path of a natural disaster. That’s why September is dedicated to preparedness, and this month’s theme is “Disasters don’t plan ahead. You can.” The best way to stay safe is to have a plan already in place.
It’s not just about what you can do to keep yourself safe, but how you can be prepared to help those around you and in your community as well. There are so many ways we can be prepared to help; from creating a family emergency plan, to getting emergency preparedness training. If a friend or neighbor needed to rely on you during an emergency, would you be prepared to help them? There are great resources for learning how to respond, like FEMA’s amazing and extensive collection of training guides, workbooks, DVD’s, and courses, which are all 100% free. We’ll also provide a list of other great resources at the bottom of the page.
There are so many aspects of preparedness that are overlooked or taken for granted until you’re actually faced with a natural disaster. For example, do you have a plan for your pets? What would you do with any important documents in your home that could be destroyed? Do you know your evacuation zone? Is your home as safe as it could be? If there are repairs you’ve been putting off, National Preparedness Month is a good time to get around to them. Homeowners should also consider what kind of insurance coverage they have; many people are not aware that most insurance does not cover flood damage. These are the kinds of things we should all being thinking about during the month of September. It can all seem a bit overwhelming, but that’s why it’s better to plan ahead, just in case
We will be doing our part to promote preparedness this month by posting tips on Facebook about how to stay safe and help your community during an emergency. We will also continue to donate a portion of our profits to help the victims of the recent hurricanes and wildfires.
If you haven’t already, please read our blog post about where you can donate to disaster relief.
Below you can find great resources for planning, getting involved, and training to respond during an emergency.
- Here you can find a list of ways to volunteer. Many of the organizations listed offer free training.
- The Community Emergency Response Team program trains local volunteers’ disaster preparedness and disaster response skills.
- Use the Community Preparedness Toolkit to help make your community a safer place in case of a disaster. It’s an easy guide that provides instructions and resources for getting involved.
- The “You Are the Help Until Help Arrives” program teaches you how to provide life-saving care when first responders aren’t nearby.
You might wonder why a small business that specializes in making perfect glass butt plugs and dildos is promoting National Preparedness Month? It’s simple! Charity and caring about others has been one of our missions since we started Crystal Delights. We really do care as much about our planet, its countries and communities, and all the individual people that make up the world, as we do about making sure we give back to the communities that support us. So, we think it’s a good idea to have an emergency plan, and if you don’t we hope this information helps.