Our Federal, State and Local governments have departments, bureaus, organizations, and entire agencies established for emergency planning, preparedness, response, and recovery. We should use these resources eagerly and frequently. You support them with your tax dollars.
Take a look at your local county site. In some counties there are courses available to you and your lighthouse, community groups you can become a part of or involve your lighthouse in.
South Carolina has a very helpful site to prepare us for emergencies: South Carolina Emergency Management Department: Click here: http://www.scemd.org/Prepare
Here are starting points for each lighthouse in the state, your local County Emergency Management Department contacts:
Beaufort, Beaufort County: https://www.bcso.net/emd? fbclid=IwAR0XkKpVvGDX-1m_8g__6X3ANhg-5UQUXcEFYLhjC2KJRZ5AB 9Yg2rln7kgCharleston
Charleston County: https://www.charlestoncounty.org/departments/emergency-management/index.php
Columbia, Richland County: http://www.richlandcountysc.gov/Emergency-Preparedness
Easley, Pickens County: https://www.co.pickens.sc.us/EmergencyManagement/default.aspx
Fort Mill, York County: https://www.yorkcountygov.com/202/Public-Safety-Divisions
Greenville, Greenville County Emergency Management: http://www.gceoc.com
Greenwood, Greenwood County: https://www.greenwoodcounty-sc.gov/government/departments-e-k/ emergency-services/emergency-management
Greer, Landrum & Spartanburg are all in Spartanburg County (See also Greenville County above for some parts of Greer):
Murrell’s Inlet: http://www.georgetowncountysc.org/emergency_management/
Homeland Security and Emergency Management: https://dhsem.wv.gov
Disasters, Emergencies, Threats, Vulnerabilities, Etc. The above websites cover a lot of ground, for our benefit. They cover that ground to varying degrees of detail and interest.
o Active Shooter
o All Threats
o Chemical and Hazmat
o Earthquakes and Landslides
o Extreme Heat
o Health Threats
o Power Outages
o Radiological and Nuclear o Terrorism
We live in an increasingly electronic and connected world. Start using your phone, pad, laptop, or desktop computer to find the resource for your likely situation.
Print out critical items of interest. Show some initiative, some concern. Your preparation is the key to your success. Consider, Hope is Not a Plan.