How to buy emergency preparedness products
Domestic terrorism and natural disasters aggravated by climate changes have made public safety agencies more aware than ever before that they have to be prepared to operate in the absence of resources we normally don't think about. A critical incident can mean the loss of electrical power, natural gas and water service, disruption of sewage systems, and interruption of telecommunications.
Add to this the possibility of having to contend with flood waters, high-velocity wind, mass casualties, radioactivity, hazardous chemicals or contagious biological hazards, and soon you're not sleeping at night. Here's somethings to keep in mind when dealing with these emergencies and what to consider when purchasing emergency preparedness products:
Check with a local reserve or National Guard unit to see if you can add to their stockpile for contingent use. They will draw down and rotate the supply for their own exercises and replace as needed, so everything stays relatively fresh.
Sanitation is a major public health concern. Have you considered what you will do when the toilets won't flush anymore?
Questions to ask
Looking after your officers also means looking after their families. An officer called to work may be torn between providing for his family or doing his civic duty—a very tough choice. By setting up pre-designated shelters and evacuation plans for your troops' families, they will be far better prepared to respond to whatever challenges the world brings them.
Tim Dees is a retired police officer and the former editor of two major law enforcement websites who writes and consults on technology applications in criminal justice. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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