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:
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