Leap Into Preparedness

When you talk about preparing for emergencies, everyone thinks it’s a good idea. Most people agree that setting aside items such as non-perishable food and water, a weather radio and a first aid kit is a smart, valuable thing to do.

So why are most Georgia residents not fully prepared for a disaster? Why aren’t you prepared?

Perhaps it’s because preparing for something that might happen isn’t typically viewed as an immediate necessity. We are all busy, and busy people tend to prioritize the tasks which are most pressing in our lives. You might put off doing the laundry or the dishes, but unless you want to wear smelly clothes or eat off dirty plates, eventually there comes a point where you just have to do them.

Emergency preparedness doesn’t work that way, unfortunately. Disasters can strike with little or no warning. In the blink of an eye, that “someday” task of putting together a Ready kit and a family communications plan can become the most urgent to-do item you’ve ever had. But by then it may be too late.

That’s why this year, we’re asking you to make “someday” today.

You’re probably thinking of all the other things you already had planned for today. And for tomorrow. Wouldn’t it be great if there was an extra day for important things you keep putting off? Well, as a matter of fact, there is. Say hello to February 29.

Because it’s Leap Year, this February everyone gets an extra day at the end of the month. That’s an extra 24 hours that did not exist last year. We recommend you take advantage of this extra time and use it to get prepared for emergencies.

While it might not seem to be the most pressing thing on your to-do list, it could be the most important. Taking a little bit of time to create an emergency plan and pack a kit of supplies can be a life-saving decision if disaster strikes.

Don’t waste your extra day this Leap Year. Make it the “someday” you’re always talking about.