by Lisa DuBrock, Contributing Editor and Writer 

I — like everyone else I know — was surfing the internet over the last few days reading one horrific story after another about the disastrous situation in Japan.  In doing so, I came upon this post from Jamie Lee Curtis,  entitled ” What If?”   

Ms. Curtis has been a supporter of the Red Cross for quite a while and also promotes a theme on the Red Cross website entitled, “Do More Than Cross Your Fingers” , and, even though these two postings by Ms. Curtis are short — they are both powerful. 

It is said that Japan is one of the most disaster prepared countries in the world.  For many years, the world has seen how the country and people of Japan have taken emergency response training and disaster preparedness and recovery planning very seriously.  One can only wonder how much worse this recent earthquake in Japan could have been without those disaster preparedness efforts.  

Also, and certainly not to discount the tremendous loss of property that occurs in such disasters, we, as a nation, and as a people,  recognize that it is always the loss of lives and the disruptions to the lives of those survivors that make our hearts break. 

It is good then to see business continuity planning in both the public and private sectors in the United States and the world, beginning to concentrate more resources on educating and training people to be better prepared for disaster.  My clients know I am fond of saying, ‘Without the safety and security of your people, you do not have a business’. 

With those very thoughts in mind, I direct your attention to a product that this  website has decided to support.  Located at this “Personal Recovery Pro” product offers you an encrypted flash drive with software that leads you to organizing not just your life, but, more importantly, how to prepare for and respond with your family in a disaster.  The software walks you through everything from what is the emergency radio band on your radio to what your vet’s name is for your pets, what medications everyone in your immediate family takes to how to plan your family’s communication options in a crisis, and finally, to what you need to know and do to help you recover after the disruptive event is over.  

With the increase of disasters around the world, can you really still sit there and say ‘it will never happen to me’?   

Be prepared and know that you need to do more than cross your fingers.

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