Adhesive Bandages and FEMA
It would be reasonable to expect most Americans to have a box of adhesive bandages in their bathroom and most of us also probably have a tube or two of antibiotic ointment close by. Why do we have these things? The answer of course is simple—from time to time we slip with the steak knife or slide our hand across an envelope the wrong way and Ouch, we have a cut. Cuts and scrapes are usually a minor thing; most folks have had them and have received a tetanus shots as a result. Wait, a shot for a simple cut, why would we need that? That answer is a bit more complicated but is one many folks know the answer to as well—breaking the skin can cause bacteria, like Tetanus, to enter our bodies. So why get a shot for that? Because if you don’t there is a very real possibility that a simple cut could end your life.
Simple preparations such as having bandages and antibiotic ointment and of course making sure our vaccinations are up to date can prevent an unexpected yet minor issue such as a simple cut from becoming life threatening. It is true that no one knows what the future might hold despite the dedicated women and men who devote their lives to predicting weather, earthquakes, tsunamis, wild fires, droughts, floods and the like. These prognosticators are but a single tooth on a gear that turns within the machine of emergency or disaster preparedness. Preparedness professionals are the hard working women and men who dedicated their professional and sometimes volunteer time to doing their utmost to prepare our communities for any possible disaster whether man-made or natural in type. These people range from FEMA employees, through state disaster professionals, National and State Guard assets, local professional and volunteer fire and emergency medical professionals, law enforcement officers, NGO’s (such as the American Red Cross) and of course the less known participants such as meteorologists, engineers, highway and public works professionals, Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT), and so many more make up the framework upon which modern emergency management is built. While this all creates the belief among the general public that all possibilities have been accounted for in emergency preparedness nothing could be further from the truth. See our next installment for why it is important for YOU to be prepared!