Thursday, August 20, 2009
Preparing For A Hurricane Topic On Paltalk
Biloxi after Katrina
Atlantic coastal residents are monitoring the strengthening of Hurricane Bill, a signal that hurricane season is beginning to heat up after a slow start.
Joining us on News Talk Online on Paltalk.com at 5 PM New York time on Thursday to discuss hurricanes and how to survive them will be Robert Abrams, emergency preparedness expert and author of Watered-Down Truth: A Flood of Lies That Was More Deadly than Hurricane Katrina.
Abrams has been touring the country evaluating cities’ emergency preparedness protocols and consulting with local leaders on how to save lives should another natural disaster occur. During his national tour, Abrams has noticed that public and private sectors in most cities are still not communicating properly and utilizing their resources. According to Abrams, in a case like Katrina, individuals should know the role of their local government and be prepared to take personal responsibility in their home or business.
During his tours, Abrams, with the help of local disaster relief officials, gives the following tips:
Know the role of your local government – Are there emergency services in place should a disaster occur? Where is their central “Command and Control” located?
Your plan must be flexible – Based on conditions should you shelter-in-place or evacuate?
Have multiple evacuation plans – Based on traffic and road closures, do you have multiple exit strategies?
Have supplies ready – Do you have adequate supplies and equipment to shelter-in-place? What supplies do you need?
Educate with others – Is everyone (family, staff, etc.) properly briefed and prepared? Have you conducted Emergency Drills?
According to Abrams, “The most vulnerable in a natural disaster are health care facilities, such as hospitals and nursing homes. We saw too many elderly die during Katrina, and it could have been prevented had cities prepared for the worst.”
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