planright, Author at Personal Continuity


Personal Preparedness and the Risks Fires Pose to Children

With home fires on the rise in winter months, and a new study showing that young children are at an especially high risk of getting seriously injured or dying in residential fires, today the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Commission on Children and Disasters are announcing a new public awareness campaign to help keep children and families safer from the threat of home fires.

As part of this effort, today FEMA’s U.S. Fire Administration is releasing a new report on the risks fires pose to children.  The report, which is based on the latest available data released by the National Center for Health Statistics, found that young children face the greatest – and a growing – risk of death or serious injury in home fires, with 52 percent of all child fire deaths in 2007 involving children under the age of four, a slight increase from the most recent study previously conducted in 2004.

To read a press release with more about this new public awareness campaign to assist personal preparedness and give families and communities, even more, access to this valuable resource, CLICK HERE.

To view and download the full report on the risks that fires pose to children, CLICK HERE.



Preparedness Fast Facts

Get the facts you need — before, during, and after a disaster or emergency situation. 

As the nation’s preeminent preparedness and safety training organization, the American Red Cross developed a lengthy list of emergency-specific checklists using the latest research, science, best practices and available expert opinion offerings.

Click here to view the full list of available topics which are most appropriate in your own area and can be printed or ordered in quantity to be distributed to your family or your community.  Help improve the personal preparedness levels of your family and your community.


Safety Tips (Video) for Avoiding Hurricanes While Traveling in Season

Though we often expect hurricanes mostly in August, hurricane season actually runs from June 1st through November 30th. While that’s a long stretch of time, travelers can save up to 75% off Caribbean vacations during this period, so many of those travelers who would like to take advantage of those travel cost reductions might find a recent article and video written and organized by Karen Schaler and posted on the Huffington Post website a valuable lesson in improving personal preparedness before embarking on such a journey.

Click here to view the video and read Ms. Schaler’s article.


Personal Preparedness Video — Make a Plan, Get a Kit and Get Involved

The website offers a free public motivation campaign video entitled, “3 Days — 3 Ways :  Are You Ready?”

This video will help citizens become better prepared for a major event or disaster in their region — and you don’t have to register or sign-up to view this video.

Personal Preparedness —– Make a plan, get a kit and get involved!

To watch this video, click here.


Resolve to be Ready in 2011

Americans who make New Year’s resolutions are 11 times more likely to report continued success in achieving a goal than individuals who have not made a resolution, according to the Journal of Clinical Psychology. This holiday season, please join FEMA’s Ready Campaign in promoting Resolve to be Ready in 2011 and encourage members of your community to make the resolution to put together a family communications plan, and take other simple steps to be prepared. Anyone can log onto   or our Spanish language site,, to learn more about how and what you can do to be more personally prepared in the event you must face and survive a disruptive event in 2011.


Preparedness Video Game Combines Fun and Learning for Students

 In a recent article written by Elaine Pittman, posted on the Emergency Management website, and entitled, “Preparedness Video Game Seeks to Combine Fun, Learning for Illinois Students”, we are made aware of the ongoing efforts by The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) to spread the disaster preparedness message.

If your family would like to learn more about this preparedness resource, and how to make it available to the children in your family, please click here to read the full article.


Pet Emergency Preparedness Toolkit Offering

The Ready Campaign, FEMA, Citizen Corps, American Red Cross, and The Humane Society of the United States have come together to develop an emergency preparedness toolkit that can assist you in your planning efforts as you work toward keeping your community, and specifically, the pets and people who care for them, safe from disasters.

This toolkit provides you with the resources on how to stay current on your local pet disaster plan, policies and procedures; examples of how to promote preparedness in your communities and engage other organizations in your efforts; as well as resources to educate the community about how to assemble a pet emergency supply kit and make a family emergency plan. In addition, there is a tools section that provides sample preparedness brochures, PowerPoint templates and press materials you can use to develop and distribute your internal and external preparedness messaging.

Click here to access and download the emergency pet preparedness toolkit.


Military Family Preparedness

Each individual who is a part of our nation’s military, whether on active duty, reserves, civilian employee or family member, plays an important role in ensuring the welfare and security of our entire homeland.

It is also important to prepare yourself and your family for all types of emergencies so you can increase your personal sense of security and peace of mind. Preparing makes sense. Get ready now.

Click here to learn more about what, when and how to prepare yourself and your family.


Emergency Response Team Training Resource for Individuals and Communities

As individuals face the reality that in the event of a disaster, they may well have to rely on each other for help in order to meet their immediate lifesaving and life sustaining needs, the U.S. government has taken action to prepare its citizens for such an eventuality.

That action is best expressed and encompassed in the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training programs located throughout the United States, which do the following:

  1. Present citizens the facts about what to expect following a major disaster in terms of immediate services,
  2. Give the message about their responsibility for mitigation and preparedness,
  3. Train them in needed lifesaving skills with emphasis on decision making skills, rescuer safety, and doing the greatest good for the greatest number,
  4. Organize teams so that they are an extension of first responder services offering immediate help to victims until professional services arrive.

CERT is about readiness, people helping people, rescuer safety, and doing the greatest good for the greatest number. CERT is a positive and realistic approach to emergency and disaster situations where citizens will be initially on their own and their actions can make a difference. Through training, citizens can manage utilities and put out small fires; treat the three killers by opening airways, controlling bleeding, and treating for shock; provide basic medical aid; search for and rescue victims safely; and organize themselves and spontaneous volunteers to be effective.

Click here to read more about this valuable personal preparedness resource.


Turn Clocks Back and Remember to Be Prepared

 As all Americans turn their clocks back an hour on November 7th, FEMA asks us to have ourselves and our families prepared for emergencies.

“As we all get ready to turn our clocks back this Sunday, it’s important for families to use this opportunity to get ready for possible emergencies,” said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. “As a nation, we can only be as prepared as our public – the most important member of our emergency management team. I encourage everyone, as we fall back an hour, to also take a few simple steps to prepare their homes and loved ones for emergencies, including checking their smoke alarms and putting together an emergency kit.” 

CLICK HERE to find more information for preparing yourself and your families for emergencies.

It’s Amazingly Affordable To Ensure Security For Your Loved Ones

The things that happen during a family emergency are things you never really think about until it’s too late.  Here are a few options that will allow you to ensure everything will be alright:

1. Encrypeted Thumb Drive – $79.99
2. CD-ROM – $69.99
3. Two Hour Seminar – $149.99 Per Person

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