Tuesday, July 1, 2014
From The Office of The Fire Chief,
Although disasters have always been a part of our existence, it seems these days as though they are not only getting stronger, but they are also happening more often. While stronger and more often would perhaps be debated depending on who you are talking to, I’m sure that just about everyone would agree that we could do without disasters. Maywood residents (as well as residents that live in communities close to Maywood) face the potential of disaster resulting from the following:
- Severe Storms
- Hazardous Materials Accidents
- Mass Casualty Accidents (aircraft, rail, highway)
- Transportation Disruption
- Health Epidemics and Infestations
- Resource Shortages
I am encouraging everyone to do what they can to prepare for a disaster. Unfortunately, going through the disaster is bad enough. But also, it’s the aftermath of the disaster that in some cases is even more difficult to deal with. This is where preparation can hopefully make a difference. As learned in both the State of Louisiana and New York several years ago (Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Rita, Hurricane Sandy and the aftermath of all three), emergency assistance to those in need could not come quick enough. Unlike everyday conditions where you just dial 911 and several minutes later you have assistance standing in front of you, a situation resulting from a natural disaster may result in several hours, days, weeks or even longer periods of waiting for assistance to arrive at your front door. While this is not preferred by anyone, unfortunately this is certainly a possibility.
Please advise your loved ones to both formulate an emergency disaster plan and build an emergency disaster kit. For assistance in doing so, you can either log on to “ready.gov” or contact the local Fire Department. You and your loved ones should also consider learning Basic First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).
If in the future we are confronted with occurrences that carry the potential of disaster, I hope that both the issues are minimal and all residents are prepared to function as smoothly as possible until the situation can be resolved.