In the event of a storm or natural disaster, it may take several hours or even days for first responders to reach everyone. Basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment and telephones could be cut off for a prolonged period.
First responder and EMS crews, such as those at Seals Ambulance, are trained and prepared to respond during a disaster. During National Emergency Preparedness Month, Seals Ambulance urges families and individuals to create a plan of action and stock a 72-hour emergency kit.
“It is impossible to fully predict when an emergency situation will occur,” said Randy Seals, president of Seals Ambulance. “We hope that your family will never have to execute an emergency plan, but if an event does occur, you will be glad you got ready before it happened.”
In an emergency, communication is key since family members may not be together when disaster strikes. Determine in advance how everyone will communicate. Identify an out-of-town relative or friend as a point of contact, since it sometimes may be easier to make a long-distance connection than to call across town. Family members should also use text messaging, as these messages are more likely to go through than phone calls.
Many phone carriers provide instant text alerts or emails to warn of impending severe weather and local emergencies. Local emergency management agencies can send alerts for those registered, and newer smartphones are configured to automatically receive WEAs (wireless emergency alerts) issued through the carrier.
Seals Ambulance recommends keeping these items stocked in the emergency kit:
Additional items to consider include prescription medication and glasses; infant formula and diapers; pet food and extra water for pet(s); weather-appropriate clothing; important documents; matches; and activities for children.
The most common natural disasters are heat waves, drought, floods, earthquakes, severe storms, wildfires, winter weather and hurricanes. Emergency preparedness kits also can be used to prepare for other disasters, such as terrorist attacks, hazardous material spills or power service interruptions.
“People involved in an emergency situation often thought it would never happen to them or their community,” Seals said. “We can’t predict with certainty where emergencies will happen, but we can educate our communities to be ready. Families should update their emergency plan at least once per year, and National Emergency Preparedness Month is a great opportunity to do that.”
About Seals Ambulance
Based in Indianapolis, Seals Ambulance provides emergency and nonemergency transport services to multiple hospital and facility contracts in Central Indiana, as well as emergency 911 service for various regions throughout Indiana. An extensive fleet allows Seals Ambulance to serve a wide area around-the-clock with prompt response time and quality service. Seals Ambulance is the contracted provider for several venues, including Klipsch Music Center and Indiana Downs Horse Track, and is the preferred provider for the Community Health Network, which includes six Community Hospitals and several community medical centers throughout Indianapolis and Anderson, St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital and the Indiana University Health Network. Seals Ambulance is a regional branch of Priority Ambulance, a national ambulance network.