ARE YOU READY?

Our world is in flux. The earthquake in Chile about a month ago has literally shifted the earth's orbit. Several earthquakes and natural disasters have hit the region and our country in the past weeks. Our country is hit with an energy crisis reminiscent of the one we had in the 90s. We hear of volcanic eruptions and more. We are in the midst of changing ecological times.
In a world such as this, one question inspires fear and hope at the same time: ARE WE READY? For those who know they are prepared, there is confidence that while disaster may strike, its effects can be mitigated. And that there are ways to avoid disaster altogether. For those who know they are not prepared, it might be good to make moves to be prepared already.
If there is anything that Typhoon Ketsana (Local Name: Ondoy) taught us, it is that good emergency/disaster management is winning half the battle. Emergency or disaster management is about dealing with and avoiding risks. It is a discipline that involves preparing for disaster before it occurs, disaster response (e.g., emergency evacuation, quarantine, mass decontamination, etc.), and supporting, and rebuilding the organization after natural or human-made disasters have occurred. In general, it is the continuous process by which all individuals, groups, and communities manage hazards in an effort to avoid or ameliorate the impact of disasters resulting from the hazards. The more effort you put into emergency planning the easier you will be able to cope should the worst case scenario arise.
For this issue of Newslinc, we are giving you a quick rundown of tips to avoid FIRE. The tips are from several sources (NFPA, LAFD, etc). 


1. Install and maintain smoke detectors. Smoke detectors warn you of fire to give you time to escape. A disabled smoke detector can not save your life!

2. Plan and practice escape. Most of us have at one time or another thought about what we would do in the event of an emergency. Unfortunately, too many of us never go beyond just thinking about it. Even worse, some people believe having stored food supplies and a few thoughts about what they would do in an emergency is being prepared. The truth is without formalizing your thoughts on how you want to approach various emergencies you are not prepared. In other words, being prepared means not only having supplies but having a written plan that includes training and practice. Developing a written plan not only organizes your thoughts it also provides a systematic and repeatable approach to emergencies. 

3. Smokers need watchers. Carelessly discarded cigarettes are the leading cause of fire deaths in the US. Never smoke in bed or when drowsy. 

4. Use electricity safely. If an appliance smokes or has an unusual smell, unplug it immediately and have it repaired. Replace any electrical cord that is frayed or cracked.

5. Practice good housekeeping. Reduce amount of flammable materials. Ensure safe emergency evacuation routes. Clear walkways and stairways. 

6. Have fire extinguishers ready and maintained. Learn how to use the fire extinguisher before you need it in an emergency. Remember to only use it in small fires. If there is a large fire, do not attempt to extinguish it, get out immediately and call the fire department.

7. Prepare a Disaster Supplies Kit for home and car, including
> First aid kit and essential medications.
> Canned food and can opener.
> Enough drinking water.
> Protective clothing, rainwear, and bedding or sleeping bags.
> Battery-powered radio, flashlight, and extra batteries.
> Special items for infant, elderly, or disabled family members.
> Written instructions for how to turn off gas, electricity, and water if authorities advise you to do so.
> Keeping essentials, such as a flashlight and sturdy shoes by your bedside.

8. Cool a burn. If someone gets burned, place the wound in cool water for 10-15 minutes. Then see a doctor immediately.

9. Stop, drop and roll. Everyone should know this rule. If your clothes catch fire, don't run. Stop where you are, drop to the ground, cover your face with your hands, and roll over and over to smother the flames.

10. Crawl low under smoke. If you encounter smoke, use an alternate escape route. If you must exit through smoke, the cleanest air is several inches off the floor, so crawl on your hands and knees to the nearest safe exit.

Some things to think about:

  • Am I confident that in the event of any emergency,  my  team is fully trained to handle these situations?
  • Do I have emergency systems in place, and if so, is everyone in the organization aware of what to do in any eventuality?
  • Does my organization have the right tools for any emergency that may happen?

If you have answered no to any of these questions, or are ambivalent about your answer, contact us at Linc so we may guide you in your path to preparedness. 

BE READY!

For trainings and workshops to prepare your emergency response teams, contact us at 687-3750 or email us at consulting@lincintl.com



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