I had a meeting today at the Emergency Operations Center in the city where I work. The purpose was to update hazard mitigation planning. We began the process several years ago, and needed to refresh the plan.
We first looked at the hazards faced by our city and region. Hurricane winds, storm surge flooding, and tornados are a high risk. Of the federally declared disasters in Virginia in the last 50 years, our region has been in 20% of them. On the unnatural hazards side, we are an Urban Area Security Initiative locale, which means that the feds have figured us to be at high risk for terrorism. We are a military city and region, have three nuclear facilities surrounding us, have a major interstate passing through the middle of town, and are halfway between major historical and tourist attractions.
I'm fortunate to be associated with a city with a well organized emergency plan and staff. In drills, the feds and state folks routinely rank us highly.
Every city and county in the US should have an office of emergency management or something similar. I encourage you to learn about what your locality has, and what plans they have in place for the local hazards. Consider finding ways to volunteer as a part of the process. Consider joining CERT. If you don't have a
background in public safety, CERT can give you information and experience that can help your family and community during emergencies. Being involved in the emergency operations community can also keep you more informed about the risks in your area.
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