We’re making it easy to be prepared for disaster

March 26, 2011 05:00 am

The March 11 tsunami and the major storms this week are good reminder for South Coast residents to prepare for emergencies. Don’t be the person scrambling for candles, oil lamps, matches, and flashlights batteries when disaster strikes.

If you don’t already have an emergency preparedness kit for yourself and family members, now is the time to build them. It’s not complicated nor expensive. To help readers get started, we are publishing a series of columns by staff writer Arwyn Rice. You will find the first one on page 5A in this issue.

With wild weather a constant this time of year we can expect  higher chances of prolonged power outages and major flooding.

And what if we had a large earthquake or tidal wave? Experts and state officials keep telling us we are long overdue. Roads and bridges could possibly fail, leaving our community isolated and dependent on itself for several weeks.

One of the best things a person can do doing an emergency is to take care oneself, and not become a burden to others.

If you don’t want to wait for our series of disaster preparedness columns to be published (and we don’t blame you), you can find plenty of information at www.ready.gov.

The website will help you build a preparedness kit and make a plan for yourself and your family (including your pets).

There are many ways to be prepared – doing so doesn’t take much time or money. – and the peace of mind it brings is well worth the effort.