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Wilma Diary 22 August 2010

Posted by Lindy on August 22, 2010


Hurricane Wilma was the twenty-first named storm, twelfth hurricane, and sixth major hurricane of the record-breaking 2005 Atl

Following the epic year of 2005, the Red Cross in America has up its game. The number of trained volunteers has increased from 25,000 to nearly 95,000, with 50,000 of them available to travel to help with disasters around the country. Relief supplies are pre-positioned in areas of the country prone to disasters – enough resources to respond to devastation twice the size of Katrina. Ongoing planning occurs at the local, state and national level to respond to large-scale disasters. The use of technology has expanded – the National Shelter System is easily accessible online, and the “Safe and Well” site has improved in ways that will help families better connect during and after disasters.

Perhaps the biggest lesson learned from five years ago is that the government and the Red Cross will never be big enough to do it all in every disaster. Everyone must play a role. The nation needs communities that are better prepared, with every person, business, school and house of worship ready to take care of themselves and their neighbours. Businesses, schools and organizations need to have proper safety and emergency supplies on hand, as well as staff trained in CPR and first aid. They need to plan on how they will continue to operate in a disaster and work to ensure their employees are prepared at home so they can return to work soon after an emergency.

Sources: http://www2.tbo.com/content/2010/aug/22/co-bay-prepared-five-years-after-hurricane-katrina/

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