Capt. David James

Capt. David James

You don’t have to read the news for long to see that disaster has hit pretty close to home for a lot of folks the last couple of months. Hurricanes, wildfires, floods and earthquakes have dominated the headlines.

While these occurrences are, by definition, not predictable, their impact on daily lives can be minimized through proper, prior planning. Disasters don’t plan ahead, but we can.

This September, National Preparedness Month (NPM), will focus on planning, with a call to action that each of us should prepare ourselves and our families to be ready when disaster strikes. It is also a time to highlight the resources that are available to help each of us and our families stay as safe as possible.

We are all first responders in our community and will take the necessary steps to ensure we are ready to respond in an emergency, should the need arise.

How do we get ready? We start by staying informed and carefully considering the potential for disaster in the areas we live and work and training on how best to respond and what to do when things go wrong.

The goal of NPM is to increase the overall number of individuals, families and communities that engage in preparedness actions at home, work, business, school and place of worship.

While September is National Preparedness Month, it is critical for us all to be informed, not just for a month, but every day of the year. When disaster strikes and panic begins to set in, this is not the time to begin planning, ask questions or try shopping for critical supplies along with everybody else.

Commander, Navy Installations Command's (CNIC) Ready Navy Program asks Sailors and their families to make certain they are prepared in case an emergency occurs.

National Preparedness Month reminds us all to be informed, make a plan, and build a kit. It also reminds us to stay informed, not just for a month, but every day.

Ready Navy provides a road map and creates a state of mind for Navy personnel and families to be and stay prepared for any potential hazard throughout the year, something leadership takes seriously.

Ready Navy is a proactive Navy-wide emergency preparedness, public awareness program. It is designed for the Navy community, to increase the ability of every person and family on or near Navy installations to meet today's challenges head on and prepare for all types of hazards, ranging from hurricanes and earthquakes to terrorist attacks. By exploring the links on the Ready Navy site, you will:

  • Be informed of potential hazards and what to do before, during, and after an emergency.
  • Understand the steps to take for a successful emergency plan that includes what to do, where to go, and what to take with you.
  • Learn to build a kit to support your basic needs for a minimum of three days.
  • Access tools and resources to help you and your family prepare for emergency situations that could arise at any time without warning.

Additionally, on the Ready Navy homepage, you may take a quiz to see whether or not your family is properly prepared for an emergency by clicking on the appropriate block in the middle of the page “Are you and your family READY for an emergency?”

Navy Personnel and families are strongly encouraged to strengthen emergency planning at home, as well as at work, by reading and following the tips and information found at www.Ready.Navy.mil.

Onboard NAS Lemoore, the Emergency Operations Center, or EOC, is the heartbeat of the installation’s Ready Navy Program. Perhaps you have heard the installation’s “Giant Voice” announcements or seen the emergency mass notification system “AtHoc” pop-up messages on your work station monitor. These are two communication tools designed to keep installation personnel informed during an emergency. Other social media tools like Facebook and Twitter @ReadyNavy can be used to keep you and your families informed.

So remember:

  • Be Informed - Many incidents can trigger emergency situations that escalate into disasters, some with little to no advance notice.
  • Make a Plan - When a disaster happens, your family may not be together in one place. You need to pick places to meet, have contact information for everyone, and discuss in advance what you will do during various types of emergencies. Depending on the type of emergency, you may shelter in place, move to a shelter or safe haven, or evacuate.
  • Build a Kit - Preparing for an emergency includes making a kit of emergency supplies. You need enough supplies for every family member for at least three days. You could consider five days preparation in areas normally affected by earthquakes, typhoons, tsunamis, blizzards, and floods.
  • Stay Informed - Staying informed throughout the cycle of an emergency incident enhances your ability to know what to do, when to act, and when it is safe to return.  It also prepares you to take care of yourself and others.

Be Ready Navy! It saves lives, property and time. Emergencies happen, often with little or no notice. By taking action beforehand, you can be prepared for any emergency. Again, for more information on how to prepare for any disaster, visit http://www.ready.navy.mil.

All my best,

Captain David James

Commanding Officer, NAS Lemoore

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