Being prepared takes more than any one single action; it’s the result of many collective actions that lead to preparedness. Similar to other ‘I should do things,’ when facing a demanding task many of us choose to do nothing at all with an excuse that the job is just too big; too expensive; or will take too much time.
But preparedness is different. Preparedness is a process, and it’s one that doesn’t need to be accomplished overnight. In reality, we are never really finished preparing as we acquire new skills to help us be informed, plan ahead, and be prepared for an emergency. And because of this you might consider preparedness as a work-in-progress and something that can be approached gradually by thinking about your own and your family’s circumstances and needs.
So where do you begin? You can start by developing an action plan built around staying informed, planning ahead, and being prepared. To learn more visit mass.gov/dph/ready where you can find easy to follow tools and resources. In the meantime, here is one family’s approach to family preparedness:
Weekly Flu Report, April 18, 2014 posted on Apr 18
This week’s flu report shows a late-season increase in the rate of flu-like illness in the state – an indication of the unpredictability of flu and a reminder of the importance of taking simple measures to stop the spread of illness in our homes and communities. …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, April 18, 2014
DPH Kicks Off Town Hall Meetings to Address Underage Drinking and Prescription Drug Abuse posted on Apr 15
Last week, the Department hosted the first in a series of statewide Town Hall Meetings that will examine what can be done to prevent underage drinking and prescription drug abuse in the Commonwealth. Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (BSAS) Director Hilary Jacobs was joined at the …Continue Reading DPH Kicks Off Town Hall Meetings to Address Underage Drinking and Prescription Drug Abuse
A Healthier Commute – for a Healthier Community posted on Apr 14
When it comes to our daily commute, we could all use a little inspiration. That’s why I want to take this opportunity to encourage employers in eastern Massachusetts to participate in the 2014 Walk/Ride Corporate Challenge — an annual competition that encourages workers to use …Continue Reading A Healthier Commute – for a Healthier Community