Reasons to be prepared: In the news

Reasons to be prepared: in the news

While many stories do get linked on our page Bristol CERT is going to put the best of those on this blog here, once a month, around the middle of the month. We hope you find them though provoking as examples of a multitude of things that might come along and wreck your day, in the hopes you will go and become better prepared, just in case. If something does come to pass your preparedness will make your life much easier at that time.

Man made disasters – prepare for those too.

posted Aug 19, 2016, 10:52 AM by Chris Perreault

There are many reasons to be prepared in case of a situation where fending for yourself is better than waiting for help to arrive. Especially as experts say it could take 3 days or longer for help to arrive. Here in the northeast we know about blizzards, power outages, and the occasional hurricane. Fires and flooding can be an issue too. How about a man made disaster? Is something like that even possible around here? What are the odds of it occurring at some point over the next ten years? Knowledge is power. Be informed. Make a plan.

The hack that could take down NYC – NY Magazine:
And then just days after that article came out we found out from CNN that hackers got a hold of NSA tools used to hack into computer systems, which would help allow the above NY Magazine scenario take place.

Active Shooting – What you should do.

posted Aug 19, 2016, 10:41 AM by Chris Perreault

On July 7, 2016 an active shooter situation took place in Dallas, Texas. 5 officers were killed and 9 others were injured. This occured at a public event with 100’s of people present.

CNN put together a good article on what to do if in such a situation. In light of all the recent mass shooting events here in the US we thought it was worth sharing this. The short version is the experts tell us to Run, Hide, and Fight, in that order. Also remember that the likelihood of being in such a situation is probably about the same as your house being washed away in a flood or ripped apart by a tornado. Odds are none of us will experience such an event first hand. However, information is a powerful tool to have so we can plan ahead, just in case. There is information there for both those who carry as well as for those who would rather not.

June is Pet Preparedness Month

posted Aug 19, 2016, 10:35 AM by Chris Perreault   [ updated Aug 19, 2016, 10:36 AM ]

Pets need mostly the same things people do in an emergency. Shelter, food, water, medications. Here is a short 2 minute Youtube clip that is worth watching if you have some furry friends living with you. In this case the featured pets reside at the White House. Feel free to share this with your friends and family.