Do 1 Thing – Small steps toward being prepared for an emergency

From the CDC’s Public Health Matters Blog:

do1thing_banner1The idea of preparing for an emergency may seem like a daunting task.  Some shrug and assume that emergency responders will be there to save the day.  The truth is, when disaster strikes, emergency responders are slammed with calls for help.  It may be left up to you.  Be ready and prepared to help yourself, your family, and your neighbors.

Start small.  Focus on one topic area each month for the year.  The Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response has recognized the Do 1 ThingExternal Web Site Icon project as a community effort that reflects and embodies the Whole Community approach to emergency management.  Do 1 Thing, a web-based preparedness program, encourages participants to become better prepared by tackling one topic each month.

We visited Lansing, Michigan in December to learn more about Do 1 Thing and met with the creative founders of the program, emergency management specialist Ronda Oberlin, program planner Erika Mahoney, and disaster services director Rachelle Wood. After witnessing people continuously fail to prepare for emergencies, they decided to research why people do not prepare: “People are overwhelmed by the process of becoming prepared.  Being prepared for disasters and emergencies can seem like a big job,” says Oberlin. “Many people don’t know where to start, so they never start at all.”  Do 1 Thing was created to address these barriers by providing small steps in preparedness that can make a big difference in an emergency.  People can jump in and start the program at any time.

Read more on the CDC’s web site.

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