Research on preparedness shows that people who believe themselves to be “prepared” for disasters often aren’t as prepared as they think. Forty percent of survey respondents did not have household plans, eighty percent had not conducted home evacuation drills, and nearly sixty percent did not know their community’s evacuation routes.

Nearly twenty percent of survey respondents reported having a disability that would affect their capacity to respond to an emergency situation, but shockingly only one out of four of them had made arrangements specific to their disability to help them respond safely in the event of an emergency.

Our nation’s emergency managers, firefighters, law enforcement officers, EMT/paramedics, and other emergency responders do an incredible job of keeping us safe, but they can’t do it alone. We must all embrace our individual responsibility to be prepared – in doing so, you contribute to the safety and security of the nation as well.

The St. Amant Fire Department has partnered with the United States Fire Administration (USFA) to bring you informational resources to help you prepare your home, your neighborhood, your place of business and your school — it only takes a few simple steps.

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