You’ve probably heard the old joke, “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help you.” While there are times most would agree this is a contradiction, government agencies do provide an unlimited variety of free advice, guidance and information, most of it now a computer click away. Sometimes, however, finding what you need when you need it among the millions of websites that populate the Internet can be difficult.
It is always important to be prepared for the worst because natural disasters and terror-related emergencies can happen at any point in time. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and your homeowners association continues to urge residents to make plans and learn about the resources they can use to prepare for emergencies. DHS is encouraging Americans everywhere to obtain emergency supply kits, make family emergency plans and be informed about the different types of emergencies that could affect them. HOAs encourage all residents to visit the DHS website at www.ready.gov.
In addition to planning guides and an instructional video, the website offers a variety of preparedness tips, as well as specialized information for seniors, those with disabilities and other special needs. The government’s message to Americans is clear: “We must have the tools and plans in place to make it on our own, at least for a period of time, no matter where we are when disaster strikes. Just like having a working smoke detector, preparing for the unexpected makes sense.”
Visit www.ready.gov and plan ahead. You should always hope for the best, but can be shortsighted if you don’t prepare for the worst.