Check this sweet action. Wolverine commented on my Preparedness – so HOT it’s in the Local Paper post a while back about “Ready U” preparedness classes offered by the Shelby County, Ohio Emergency Management Agency. Then yesterday he emails me their class schedule – and it’s hot!
Now granted it’s not got any of the cool classes I’d offer, like Prepare – or DIE!, Field Dress a Whitetail Deer, etc., but hey, it’s still cool. It promotes awareness and delivers basic information for TEOTWAWKI newbies. Remember – a prepared neighbor is a good neighbor!
I pass along their class listings not because I think tons of readers will go signing up for classes in Shelby County, Ohio, but to demonstrate what one community is doing. I wrote a while a back asking if the Civil Defense should be revived. It’s not that I thought we should start promoting nuclear defense again, but that the Civil Defense get transformed to address today’s threats. These class offerings seem like a step in that direction. Kudos to them!
Ready U describes their objective as such:
The goal of the program is to demonstrate to people how they can take three concrete steps to be more prepared for emergencies that might strike in Northwest Ohio – Make a Plan; Get a Kit; Be Informed.
Here is the Ready U website. Print the following class list off and take it to your own state or county EMA and ask them what classes they’re offering. Put the pressure on. It’s a great course selection.
2010 – 2011 Disaster Presentation Summary
COLD- It’s a Killer
Monday, November 22, 2010
Extreme COLD can become a killer. When outdoor temperatures plunge for several days or more it presents a real threat to people and can affect municipal services. Without an understanding of the dangers of extreme cold many are unprepared when traveling, working and playing outdoors, and knowing how to survive when the power and gas is out for an extended period of time. Seniors, disabled persons, children and pets are most vulnerable. COLD – It’s a Killer will provide information on how to recognize the signs of COLD injuries, basic first aid for cold, and simple steps for enjoying the Winter season. Learn how you can chill out while staying safe and warm.
Volunteering in a Disaster
Monday, January 24, 2011
When wind, water and fire threaten communities it often falls to volunteers to man the pumps, fill sandbags, and board up threaten homes and offices. Learn which organizations sponsor volunteer programs, how you can become trained to help your neighbors in an emergency.
I’m talking to you…
Monday, February 28, 2011
Communications is usually the first casualty in any emergency. Telephone land-lines, cable and even cell phone services can fail under certain conditions. When the power is out most radio and television stations continue to broadcast, however, unless you are prepared you may be unable to hear or see the important information that they are providing. An Emergency Communications Plan is critical in a disaster and only takes a few minutes to prepare.
The 72 Hour Survival Plan
Monday, March 28
Catastrophic incidents can temporarily overwhelm many emergency response services in communities throughout the nation. Communications can be disrupted causing response delays and routine travel can be blocked by debris, snow, or high water. Citizens across America are learning how to plan and prepare for their own survival until police, fire, or emergency medical crews can reach them in the first 24 hours but what happens when days go by without aid? Do you know what to put in your disaster kit? Will your pantry be stocked with enough supplies of food and other essential items? Ramp up your chances of survival with a 72 hour Disaster Kit and Survival Plan.
Disaster Aid: Facts and Myths
Monday, April 2
In the aftermath of a local, State or Federal Declaration of Emergency departments of local, State and Federal government, as well as private insurance companies and community service organizations, join together to provide aid and assistance to affected families, businesses, non-profit institutions and Municipalities. Relief efforts focused on immediate and short term recovery usually take the form of temporary measures and short term financial support. Knowing what to expect can help you to plan for your own rainy day for the unthinkable events in your future.
Victory in the Garden
Monday, May 23, 2011
Growing your own food can be part of your family’s emergency plan. Beyond putting fresh, flavorful and nutritious fruits and vegetables on your own table any surplus can provide additional home income or support local food banks. Growing a garden need not be expensive in time or labor if you know how. Learn how your garden harvest can create a “win – win” for your family and perhaps the whole community.
HEAT – It’s a Killer
Monday, June 27, 2011
Extreme heat can become a killer. When outdoor temperatures soar many become trapped in our homes. Without an understanding of the dangers of heat many homes can become dangerous for seniors, children, disabled persons and pets. HEAT – It’s a Killer will provide information on how to stay hydrated, recognize the signs of Heat Injuries, learn basic first aid for heat related emergencies. Learn how you can stay COOL when the heat outside is a killer.
Saving your Bacon (Financial Readiness)
Monday, July 25, 2011
In the aftermath of every emergency questions arise on how affected households will be able to survive financially. Will you be able to rebuild if necessary? What happens if you cannot work? Will my insurance cover my losses? Will normal banking services be disrupted? Can I qualify for or even afford a disaster loan? Financial experts will advise you on the steps that you should begin to take today to prepare for the crisis’ that may lie in your future. Will your Piggy Bank save your bacon?
– Ranger Man
BTW: Jarhead Survivor and I may teach those other classes (Prepare – or DIE!, etc.), but they’ll have to be fee-based …. or better yet, maybe Jarhead Survivor will teach the classes and I’ll just process payments.