Emergency preparedness extends beyond communities that have a high probability of experiencing manmade or natural disasters. Even if a region is not historically disaster-prone, unforeseen catastrophes can still occur. In fact, Ready.gov states that, during a person’s lifetime, most communities are at risk from several types of hazards, including terrorist attacks, pandemics, home fires, and other calamities.
On a smaller level, every household should have a disaster preparedness plan in place to protect loved ones, stock food and medical supplies to sustain them after an event, and, if possible, help neighbors.
Local agencies – NGOs and governments – should also have disaster response programs equipped to support and care for communities in the event that disasters occur. These response systems should certainly include housing shelters for victims displaced from their homes and facilities equipped to provide critical medical treatment, emergency care, triage and hospital overflow. Additionally, administrative facilities to support recovery and response efforts may be necessary as well.
BLU-MED Response Systems® supports communities and local agencies by providing rapidly installable, highly portable medical facilities, ruggedly durable fabric shelters and administrative buildings needed to provide treatment, protection and accommodation in the aftermath of a disaster. These vital systems can be stockpiled for rapid deployment after an emergency.