Discussion Question: Identify your own level of preparedness should disaster strike in your area. Visit the Red Cross site: http://www.redcross.org/get-/prepare-for-emergencies/be-red-cross-ready to review details on disaster preparedness kit, plan and information.

Discussion Question:
Identify your own level of preparedness should disaster strike in your area. Visit the Red Cross
site: http://www.redcross.org/get-/prepare-for-emergencies/be-red-cross-ready to review
details on disaster preparedness kit, plan and information. Discuss your response to this
information. Were you surprised at your level of readiness? steps will you take to prepare
yourself and your family for the possibility of disaster? How can you share this information with
your community?
After reviewing the disaster preparedness kit, plan and information on the Red Cross site,
I am ashamed. I do not even have a basic disaster kit. Although I have a pretty good first aid kit
and some flashlights I do not have the more essential items such as water and non-perishable
food. Should disaster strike my area leaving my family trapped we will not survive for very long
without power. I shudder at the thought of not being able to contact my husband and children if
we are not together when a disaster strikes.
As we are in the mist of hurricane season and there are fires, earthquakes, etc., happening
every day I have thoroughly reviewed the Red Cross plan and information as well as other sites. I
have also begun building a kit just this week and discussing this information with my family. So
as of now, we have a plan and the bare basic supplies.
As there are several elderly and disabled members of my community who live alone
disaster preparedness and response becomes even more important. As a nurse someone is always
knocking on my door when they have a medical emergency. Even if it only means a ride to the
nearest emergency room I always when I can. Therefore, not only as a nurse, but as member
of our community it is my responsibility to share information on disaster preparedness, whether
natural or man-made. Especially as I will be the one responding in the event of an emergency
Baack and Alfred (2013) conducted a descriptive analysis of nurse’ perceived
preparedness during a disaster. Results showed that most of the nurses were not prepared or

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