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The importance of preparedness to a municipality’s continuity of operations

A disaster preparedness consultant can assist a community optimize its continuity of operations planning to deal with emergency situations like a flood
A disaster preparedness consultant can assist a community optimize its continuity of operations planning to deal with emergency situations like a flood

No region of the United States is immune to the effects of natural disasters. Considering how unpredictable and dangerous natural disasters are when they occur, preparing a municipality to cope with emergency conditions far before they occur is crucial for maintaining the well being of a municipality's citizens and infrastructure. The failure to do so could result in a complete breakdown of a municipality's operations.

According to a recent article published by Absolute Rights, a news source for patriotic Americans, on emergency preparedness, when disaster strikes, "Power can go down, mass communications devices can be rendered useless, banks can be shut down and credit cards become worthless. Local supermarket shelves will soon run empty, water supplies may become tainted … and entire communities may fall apart, over night."

Therefore, while avoiding natural disasters altogether may be virtually impossible, municipality officials as well as individual citizens need to pinpoint the types of emergencies their geographic region is prone to, and take preventative steps to effectively cope with the potential damage before it happens.

For example, understanding the imminent threat of flooding in Wappepelo, Missouri, local officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers met with interested members of the public to field questions and concerns regarding flooding and explain water control procedures and recovery tactics, reports the Southeast Missourian.

Those municipalities concerned with their ability to effectively educate the community and prepare their infrastructure for disaster would likely enjoy great benefit from hiring the services of a certified disaster preparedness consultant who can perform a similar service.

With experience handling a range of different emergency conditions, such a consultant could conduct an analysis to determine what disasters are most likely to manifest and provide an effective action protocol to be deployed immediately after a disaster hits. This action will help a municipality understand the challenges they may face and ensure seamless continuity of operations in a disaster's wake.