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Why injury? It's this simple: more children die from injuries every year than from the next three leading causes of death combined. Nobody knows this because no one is talking about it. In the U.S., one child dies every hour from an injury that could have been prevented. Around the world, a child dies every 30 seconds as the result of an injury. You don’t need to have a child to know that we can do better.

 

National Preparedness Month: “People need to be the help before the help arrives.”

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Did you know it’s National Preparedness Month? Seems fitting with historic rainfall in Texas, several southern states under the threat of another major hurricane, and wildfires burning in the west. But what if you’re not in these disaster-prone regions? Do you still need a plan?

Of course! Hurricanes and wildfires aren’t the only emergencies. House fires. Floods. Blackouts. Blizzards. These are all emergencies that require quick thinking while they’re happening, and being prepared for the things you know could happen frees you up to handle the unexpected events.

As Hurricane Harvey was approaching Texas, FEMA director William Long reminded citizens that we are our own first responders: “People need to be the help before the help arrives.” Emergency personnel, often in danger themselves, simply cannot immediately rescue everyone in a disaster such as a hurricane (or tornado or earthquake or flash flood). That makes us responsible for our own health and safety, at least for a bit.

It’s not just the disaster we need to prepare for--it’s also rebuilding your life after the danger has passed. News stories coming out of Hurricane Harvey mentioned citizens who had just a few minutes to choose which possessions and important documents to bring with them as they were rescued from rising floodwaters. Put yourself in their shoes: what would you take? What information would you need to start rebuilding your life?

So how can we prepare to be our own first responders and rebuild after an emergency situation? FEMA has plenty of ideas and checklists to get you going at ready.gov.

Preparedness might seem like something that can be put off, but with millions of Americans currently in the path of danger, there’s no better time to make sure you and your family are ready to take on the unexpected.

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