Monday was a very sad day for the United States as we experienced an attack on the world’s oldest annual marathon. The event attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators each year as they cheer for the runners along the entire 26.2 miles. The 117th running of the Boston Marathon will be remembered.
The disaster on Monday made me think of the importance of emergency planning. Disasters can be natural or the result of human actions – intentional or unintentional. Communication is important. Family members and friends can become separated during an emergency. Always have a plan how to reach each other. Remember, cell phones may not work in a disaster as was experienced on Monday. Have an out-of-area contact (relative or friend) who can help coordinate locations and information. Be sure to include children in the plan and make sure they know the phone number of the out-of-area contact. NFPA has ready-to-use emergency plan cards families can complete and carry with important contact information. We also offer general preparedness tips for consumers and a “Get Ready” kit for fire departments to use to teach residents about disaster preparation.
Let’s be strong and always be prepared.