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When, Not if, Disaster Strikes - Be Prepared!

Posted by on in Energy Magazine

 

Originally published in Energy Magazine: The official Publication of the Healing Touch Program March 2011 Issue.

Wildfires. Earthquakes. Floods. Tornados. Hurricanes. Blizzards. These often strike without b2ap3_thumbnail_flooded-house-in-moravian-city-1304789-m.jpgwarning. Images of these distressing disasters haunt us from the TV and the newspaper. Some of them, unfortunately, we have experienced personally. As healers we respond with compassion and wish for a way to help. We know that Healing Touch would alleviate the suffering of those affected and support the difficult work of the responders.

First, we should distinguish between an emergency and a disaster. An emergency is a situation in which life or property is threatened and the local police, fire, and medical resources are adequate to the needs. A disaster is a large-scale event in which life and property are threatened and the scope is far beyond what the local resources can handle. It could be days before they are able to respond to individual citizen’s needs.

What you might not know is that the response to each emergency or disaster in the United States is organized according to the Incident Command System (ICS) developed over many years by FEMA. This means that response to the house fire down the street or the town devastated by a tornado uses that same system which can be expanded or contracted as needed.

 

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