So, as we dive further into the year and enter different seasons, it is imperative that the weather will change. In the case of a disaster such as a tornado, hurricane, or flood you need to be prepared. It might seem silly but a trash can is the likely place to store an emergency prepardness kit.
There are many different kinds of trash cans available. There are automatic, touchless, and stainless steel options out there. The best type of can for an emergency are medium-sized plastic ones with a secure lid and handle that you can drag everywhere you go. It needs to be big enough to place the storage items in but not too heavy. After all, if you do not have any transportation available, you will need something that you can drag around fairly
A Closer Look at the Lid and Material
What we are aiming for in this case is a can that is made out of durable plastic. It needs to be thick enough not to break easily and adhere to different weather conditons. The last thing that we would need is for the material to rust. Preferrably, you will need a lid that snaps shut or can lock shut. It needs to have a niche handle as well as be on wheels. Again, this just makes it easier for you to transport from one destination to another.
What You Should Place Inside of Your Can
At the bare minimum, you should have a 3 day supply of food and water for each individual person. A gallon of water is sufficient for one person. It seems like a lot but if you have to move around, people sweat and get dehydrated fast. Therefore, the person will need to be replinished with water quickly.
Non-Perishable Food Items
Obviously, the food will need to be stuff you can eat right out of the can. Things like tuna and can fruit. Food items are open to your discretion. The foods will need to be packed with a good amount of protein and other nutrients.
First Aid Kit
The most basic of first aid kits will do. However, based on your own individual family size you can upgrade if you feel it is appropriate. You should also pack up any medications, sunscreen, ointment, etc. that you deem as important.
You will also need to pack a sleeping and baby items (diapers, ointment, etc.)
Packing the Items
Pack the heaviest items on the bottom and the lightest items towards the top.
Basic Training Information
So, you are looking to get into the career field of Emergency Management Planning. What is the first step you may ask? How do I transition if I am currently working in another field? Are there specific courses or training I need to take in order to prepare for the field?
If you are a newly appointed emergency manager, fema.gov provides The National Emergency Management Basic Academy which is designed for newly appointed emergency managers, including members of State, local, tribal, and territorial homeland security or emergency services programs; Nongovernmental organizations, voluntary agencies, or professional organizations; Private sector emergency management offices; College or university emergency management staff; and FEMA, federal partners, military and emergency managers at other departments or agencies.
There are four prerequisiites courses that must be taken prior to the actual National Emergency Management Basic Training. Without completing the prerequisites courses, your application will be void.
The advanced academy is primarily aimed at people who have the basic foundation and have some experience with emergency management and planning under their belt. An example would be mid-level managers and directors. With it, they will be able to advance their knowledge and keep up to date with what are the best practices and procedures.
The most advanced training that they have is specifically designed for executives. This training is designated for senior level executives. The organization has partnered with prominent higher education institutions. This stage involves critical thinking, visionary planning, and strategic leadership.