Emergency Preparedness is Green!
Is it possible that emergency preparedness can be “green”? In honor of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, Johnson County Emergency Management & Homeland Security is sharing a few ways for local residents to consider being environmentally-friendly when considering how to be prepared for emergencies and hazards that may impact their community.
As a refresher, individuals and families are encouraged to engage in the three steps of emergency preparedness: have a kit, make a plan, and stay informed. The following tips are based on these guidelines:
Staying informed during emergencies and disasters is critical. However, it is also important to be able to stay informed after the disaster as well. An easy way to do this is to scan copies of important family and legal documents (ex: birth certificate, wills, etc.) and store them on a mobile storage device (ex: CD or “Jump” drive), which is small in size, nearly universally accepted, and reusable after the emergency or disaster.
Being prepared for emergencies is important and can easily be done as discussed here. These methods are often more efficient, effective, and affordable than traditional methods of preparedness. So thinking “green” can also save you some “green” as well. Be environmentally-friendly and cost effective as you consider your options for emergency preparedness.