When an emergency situation occurs, many of us panic and don’t know what to do, which can result in a high number of injury accidents related to liability in North Carolina and elsewhere.
The National Safety Council has declared September as National Preparedness Month in which communities, workplaces, schools and vendors among others should take the initiative to become more prepared in the event that a crisis situation were to occur. Failure to communicate and execute an evacuation plan or emergency preparation can hold landlords, restaurant owners, daycare centers of businesses or others responsible when an injury occurs.
Greensboro injury lawyers know that being prepared for a disaster can reduce the risk of injury, but many establishments can be found at fault when an injury occurs because a proper evacuation or emergency procedure was not executed. Employees, patrons and tenants should always be kept safe when a disaster arises.
The NSC offers four simple tips: Get a preparedness kit, devise a plan, stay informed and do what you can to help others by getting involved.
An emergency kit should contain all the items you need for survival like food, water, and warmth with a minimum of 3 day’s supply. Disasters often bring power outages, so you need to be prepared for multiple days without electricity. Must have items include: a gallon of water per person per day, ample supply of non-perishable food, blanket, whistle, extra batteries, transistor radio, flashlight, towelettes or wet wipes, dust mask and garbage bags. For a full list of items, click here to view online.
Devising a plan means knowing how you will communicate, if you will stay put or evacuate during an emergency, and what the evacuation plan is. Make sure you establish an out-of-town contact that can be relied on for communication to other family members. Text messages can often get through to cell phone users so make sure you know how to communicate via a texting plan. Ask about the evacuation process at your place of employment or your child’s school. If nothing is in place, volunteer to help devise something that could be used in the future. For more information about a site-specific emergency evacuation plan, visit online by clicking the link.
Get as much information through media outlets ahead of time before disaster strikes. Every state has an Emergency Management or Services office that can help you with updated information as well as when evacuation is needed or should take place. Other sources that can be used are the newspaper, radio or television.
A good way to get involved in emergency preparation is to learn CPR or other first aid procedures that can be used in a crisis. You can take first aid courses online or find a Community Emergency Response Team program near you that can train you on lifesaving skills, fire safety and basic disaster responses.
Being prepared for a disaster won’t eliminate the risk of injury completely but it will help you have the confidence to know what to do and how help others when disaster strikes.
If you or a loved one were unprotected in a disaster crisis which resulted in injury in North Carolina, contact the injury lawyers at the Lee Law Offices, P.A for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your claim at 1-800-887-1965.
More Blog Entries:
Preparedness Can Reduce the Risk of Injury Resulting From Weather-Related Accidents in North Carolina, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, September 6, 2011.
Residents in North Carolina Asked to Prepare for Hurricane Irene, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, August 26, 2011.