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Disaster can strike any time, any place, and most unexpectedly.

The California wildfires provide the latest vivid example. It is yet another reminder of the need for communities, families and individuals to be prepared for whatever may come their way.

Two years ago, in the aftermath of Katrina, KSL called attention to a 12 point preparedness program prepared by a man named Al Cooper.* In our view, it is worth repeating:

  1. Have an emergency plan.
  2. Get an emergency 72 hour kit.
  3. Have emergency food supplies. Water is essential.
  4. Prepare to shelter in place if possible.
  5. Know your home, for example, how to shut off natural gas lines.
  6. Take inventory. What would you take with you if you had only moments to evacuate?
  7. Equip your car. A gas tank always more than half-full would be wise.
  8. Prepare to go powerless. Consider the challenge of no electricity.
  9. Plan for pets.
  10. Figure financial contingencies.
  11. Remember your health. What medications will be needed?
  12. Remember those with special needs.

KSL believes it is crucial to be properly prepared for the possibility of sudden disasters. We saw it with Katrina and in Southern California. Who knows, an earthquake here in Utah may be just around the corner.

*Building Disaster-Resilient Communities: A 12 Point Program for Individual, Family & Community Preparedness by Al Cooper

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