The statistics are frightening:
- A 2012 Adelphi University Center for Health Innovation poll found 48% of respondents did not have emergency supplies and 44% did not have a first aid kit
- A 2019 Weather Channel Survey found 42% of respondents did not have a plan for evacuating in severe weather while only 19% had a family meet up plan
- The same Weather Channel survey found that 40% of respondents had experienced a severe weather event that forces them to evacuate
In an age when the impact and frequency of disasters is increasing, why do people fail to prepare? It's not as if we don't realize the risk: a 2019 Harris poll found 61% of respondents believed they were likely to be affected by a natural disaster in the next three to five years while 19% , including one in five (19 percent) saying they are very likely to be affected.
Even more importantly, in the case of those who do take the time to prepare, are those preparations adequate?
This presentation by a veteran emergency manager seeks to answer these questions.
The presentation begins with a discussion of why people fail to prepare for disasters. It looks at four misconceptions that lead to inadequate preparedness and considers some of the common barriers to preparedness.
The presentation next dissects the standard approach to preparedness of getting informed, making a plan, and building a kit and demonstrates the strengths and weaknesses of this approach. It discusses simple ideas on how to build on this base to make your preparedness planning more effective.
The third part of the presentation considers an area really discussed preparedness planning: what comes next. The immediate response to a disaster lasts for a relatively short time; rebuilding your life can take months or years. Preparing for recovery may well be more important than preparing for response. This presentation will provide you with information on how to deal with insurance adjusters and to avoid scams that are all to common during rebuilding.
The presentation concludes with discussion of a model to help prioritize your planning activities and approach your overall disaster planning more holistically.
Why you should Attend:
Are you one of the 80% of Americans who expect to be affected by a disaster but have done little to prepare? Do you want to prepare but are stymied by the subtle barriers that limit your ability to prepare? Would it surprise you to know that much of the preparedness information you have received is inadequate?
If so, this presentation is for you. In this presentation, you will learn:
Areas Covered in the Session:
- The four common misconceptions that stop you from preparing for a disaster
- Barriers that hamper our ability to prepare
- Why the three basic recommendations for preparedness are not enough to fully prepare you
- The truth about emergency kits and why most are unrealistic
- Why focusing on survival alone can leave you vulnerable in a disaster
- How to avoid common mistakes in dealing with insurance adjusters and scammers
- Simple and cost-effective ways to prepare
Who Will Benefit:
- Misconceptions that lead to poor preparedness
- What they tell you about preparedness and why it falls short
- Practical tips to help you prepare better
- Dealing with the aftermath - what they don't tell you
- Recovery - the most neglected area of preparedness
- Understanding preparedness
- Human Resources Managers
- Training Managers
- Emergency planners
Lucien G. Canton , CEM is an independent management consultant specializing in preparing managers to lead better in crisis. Prior to starting his own company, Mr. Canton served as the Director of Emergency Services for the city and county of San Francisco and as an Emergency Management Programs Specialist and Chief of the Hazard Mitigation Branch for FEMA Region IX.
A popular speaker and lecturer, he is the author of the best-selling Emergency Management: Concepts and Strategies for Effective Programs used as a textbook in many higher education courses. He is a Certified Emergency Manager and a Certified Business Continuity Professional.