On August 31, President Barack Obama proclaimed that September be recognized as National Preparedness Month. During this month, Obama would like the nation to come together and make a commitment towards being prepared for an emergency; not just for a national disaster, but for any type of disaster such as natural, cyber incidents or terrorism. For a complete view of this proclamation, please go to: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/08/31/presidential-procl…
Over the last couple of years there have been several disasters such as 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, the Northridge Earthquake, North American Ice Storm of 1998, and the 1991 Oakland Firestorm. Even though Philadelphia has been spared massive floods, hurricanes, terrorist attacks and tornadoes it doesn’t mean that will always be the case.
In 1985, a bag filled with explosives was dropped on the home of MOVE, a group that’s been described either as a black libertarian movement, an extremist movement or a cult, depending on who you talk to. The police had a long-standing feud with the group that often erupted in violence. In the end, 61 homes were incinerated and left families homeless.
On Monday, September 24, the City of Philadelphia is hosting a Pledge to Prepare Day which will be held at Grover Washington Middle School, 201 E. Olney Avenue from 2 p.m. until 3 p.m. At 1:30 p.m. emergency response vehicles from the Philadelphia Police Department, the Philadelphia Fire Department, the American Red Cross and The Salvation Army will be on display in the school’s parking lot.
The actual ceremony will start at 2 p.m. and several city departments will be on hand to talk about the importance of preparedness. They’re going to have a lesson called Be Disaster Safe which will be presented by the Office of Emergency Management staff and members of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the Red Cross. Students from the school will present their posters and projects on how to be prepared.
It’s important to work together as a family in order to prepare for a disaster. Many families have a designated place to meet that’s outside the home. Some families even have a local fast food restaurant as their meet-up place. It should be noted, however, that the hours after the airplanes hit the Twin Towers in New York, nearly all of the local businesses in Philadelphia – including fast food restaurants – were closed. The meeting place should be somewhere that will most likely be open during a disaster like a church, hospital or even a police station.
Families may also want to consider whether they want themselves or their kids out in the street when the panic of a disaster hits.
The quadrust.com has articles on how to prepare for disasters or a state of an emergency and it doesn’t include leaving your house. For more information on how to prepare for a disaster, please go to: http://quadrust.com/prepper-in-philadelphia/mahleah-chicetawn.