When Disaster Strikes, Will Your Community Be Prepared?

[MUSIC] Imagine this, it’s the middle of the day,
kids are at school, people are at work, businesses are open. Suddenly the electricity goes out. [MUSIC] Hours later, still no power. Trains have been shut down,
there are no working gas pumps. Cellphone communications are down. Credit cards and ATMs aren’t working. Many are without water. People have no idea what’s going on, or
when things might go back to normal. Can you imagine if a hazardous event
were to strike your community? Knocking out power for
days, maybe even weeks. Causing consequences you
haven’t even thought about. How many businesses would close,
perhaps permanently? Would there be increases in unemployment? How many people would lose their homes? What about residents who
are forced to leave? Would they choose to come back? [MUSIC] How would your community
restore it’s tax base? What about impacts to your health,
your hospitals, your schools? Our community’s physical and
social systems are interconnected. Impacts from hazardous events can
cause serious cascading consequences. Let me ask you something. Is your community prepared? Hazardous events can happen whether
you’re ready for them or not. If could be a tornado, a hurricane,
a flood, an earthquake. It’s not if, it’s what and
when, and how extreme. The good news is there are things that
your community can do now to help prevent these hazards from becoming disasters. There are flexible and adaptable
resources to help your community prepare. There are strategies you can use to
minimize the impacts, to recover quicker and more completely, or to build back
better if and when a hazard does strike. Maybe it’s turning a residential
area in a flood plain in to a park. Or planning for future conditions
when constructing a new bridge. Or implementing any of
numerous possible changes. You don’t have to do it all over night,
and you don’t have to do it alone. But you must take the first step. Because making changes now will
improve your resilience long term while also benefiting your community’s
economy and quality of life today. The first step is simple,
think resilience. [MUSIC]

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