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, January 13, 2017 posted on Jan 13
The latest weekly flu report shows a slight decrease in rates of flu-like illness in Massachusetts over the past 7 days. But flu can be unpredictable, and we’re not likely to see the peak of flu season until February or even March. So if you haven’t gotten a …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, January 13, 2017
Highlights of the January 11th Public Health Council Meeting posted on Jan 11
The first monthly PHC meeting of 2017 featured one Determination of Need (DoN) request, votes on two final amendments to regulations, and an informational briefing on proposed guidelines associated with the Determination of Need program. First, the Council took up a DoN application from Baystate Medical …Continue Reading Highlights of the January 11th Public Health Council Meeting
Tackling Your New Year’s Resolutions! posted on Jan 9
It’s January. And I can tell…not from the wintry weather or the after-Christmas sales…but from the number of prospective members I see getting tours of the gym while I’m trying to fit in my (less frequent than I’d like) workout. January 1st marks the start …Continue Reading Tackling Your New Year’s Resolutions!