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Personal Emergency Preparedness
This may be the most important activity that CERT does. Helping people get prepared for an emergency in New York City could potentially save more lives than any CERT efforts after the event. CERT team members must also be prepared so that we will be available to help our neighbors.
We must have information. We need know what is going on so we can decide what to do. To insure the flow of information, especially if the power and communications grids are out, we need a battery and/or crank type radio with back up batteries.
The radio pictured is a good one, it has batteries and a charging crank, AM, FM, TV, and Weather channels; a white LED light, red flashing light, ear plug, cell phone charger, and a siren. This is a feature-rich example but any inexpensive battery or crank operated radio will do.
Now that we know what is happening we must decide, do we go or do we stay?
If the decision is to go (evacuate) or if the decision is to stay (shelter in place), the best way to prevent an emergency from turning into a disaster is to
PREPARE. LOOK BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION.