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In a recent article, written by Paul Purcell, and entitled “Disaster Dozen: 12 Myths of Disaster Preparedness”, and, supporting this month as the National Preparedness Month 2012, our staff would like to recommend our readers look at these disaster preparedness myths and  review where those myths are still present in your family, the community where you live and the organization where you work.

By addressing these obstacles you will be improving the awareness and preparedness levels of individuals, families, communities and employees – but, even more importantly, you will help dispel so many of the misconceptions surrounding the true nature of preparedness.

A quick summary of these “12 Myths of Disaster Preparedness” referenced by Purcell are:

  1. If something happens, all I have to do is call 911,
  2. All I need is a 72-hour kit with a flashlight, first aid kit, some food and water, and a radio,
  3. My insurance policy will take care of everything,
  4. Good preparedness is too expensive and complicated,
  5.  We can only form a neighborhood group through FEMA, the Red Cross or local law enforcement,
  6. In a weapons of mass destruction (WMD) terrorist attack, we’re all dead anyway,
  7. Nothing like that could ever happen here,
  8. All I have to worry about is my own family,
  9. If preparedness were really important it would be taught in school,
  10. I can get free preparedness information on the Internet,
  11. Full preparedness means I have to get a lot of guns and be a survivalist, and
  12. If something really bad happens, no one will help.

Click here to read Paul Purcell’s full article posted on the Emergency Management website.

If applicable, please pass this information along to members of your community’s first responder, crisis management and disaster recovery teams.

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