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ICE4SAFETY liked this explanation of the mental state many people suffer from and find it helpful to understand how this can cripple your efforts at being prepared or motivating others to be prepared. It may account for the fact why only 7% of the US population is considered “prepared” (Red Cross) for disasters and emergencies.
The normalcy bias refers to a mental state people enter when facing a disaster. It causes people to underestimate both the possibility of a disaster occurring and its possible effects. This often results in situations where people fail to adequately prepare for a disaster, and on a larger scale, the failure of the government to include the populace in its disaster preparations.
The assumption that is made in the case of the normalcy bias is that since a disaster never has occurred that it never will occur. It also results in the inability of people to cope with a disaster once it occurs. People with a normalcy bias have difficulties reacting to something they have not experienced before. People also tend to interpret warnings in the most optimistic way possible, seizing on any ambiguities to infer a less serious situation.
Poster – Normalcy Bias Explained
ICE4SAFETY has had this Excel based spreadsheet tool online for several years now and it is still a relevent document in light of all the potential for catastrophe to occur resulting from one source or another….you will find it here on the DIY Forms Page
It is meant to be used by one or more family members.
You could complete the form as is or modify to your specific needs as directed in the “Read Me” comments inserted into the document. Once completed you can upload into a USB Drive/DVD and secure with your as you evacuate or secure underground or in a safe or with trusted relatives or maybe a copy in a bank vault…..all the time remembering that the information would be a gold mine for identity thieves.
No subscriptions required – no fees to pay – no membership to enroll in -no third-party to call – you control it. This is strictly a DIY tool.
Here are some pics:
|Sample Emergency Operations Manual|
Critical information for the operation of emergency equipment for industry is usually located in well defined, easily recognized and often mandated binders, manuals or laminated placards in close proximity to the equipment.
Many workers in construction industries often don’t read the instruction manual for the tools they use – often leading to serious injury or death. We know this for a fact. You should read all your manuals after installation or storage and it is a good idea for everyone who may be required to use the gear to also become familiar with the manuals as well as have hands on experience that you can “exercise” in one of your preparedness drills.
The average homeowner may have operation manuals for equipment located in a variety of places throughout the house or outbuildings or if organized it might find a notable place in a file drawer.
We recommend a simple color coded file system to help identify various info in paper file form. Under stress and when your home is in shambles, locating operating and troubleshooting instructions for such equipment as back up power systems, generators, custom electrical installations (wind/solar/turbine etc) needs to be expedient.
Emergency Manual Cover Form
People afflicted with “normalcy bias” or “it won’t happen to me” syndrome may assume others already know what they know. When disaster strikes and they are not available to figure everything out, the operation/repair of the equipment may be relegated to a spouse, child, relative or neighbor who may not be as knowledgeable or skilled. In some instances your family’s safety and continued comfort might rely on a total stranger or “new friend” with skills.
Communications may be down (you can safely assume THAT) so having essential info in a conveniently located and easily recognizable binder will help make sure locating it is easy. A secure but acknowledged family location for emergency gear and info can also help.
We suggest service company contact info (business cards), typed out procedural lists, inspection checklists, safety warnings and other reference / service manuals (example above). This manual can/should be in addition to important info laminated or bound and already stored with the equipment.
Always try and remember – Redundancy.
One surefire way to instantly recognize your binder as pertaining to emergencies is to have the ICE Logo on it…..that is what it was designed for. Training is a snap…..everything identified with the ICE Logo pertains to emergeny use. Simple.
Fancy artwork or cute graphics symbols usually add to the confusion. Industry standard MSDS binders are simple too.
You can certainly create a binder like this for home. We have added a cover page (see above) you can download and print to use that incorporates the ICE Logo already – it’s ok to use in color, b/w or grayscale.
One line is for your home address/name and you can define the other system or equipment you wish to include here….you may want to identify emergency and non-emergency info using color coded systems.
Some typical suggestions:
Back Up Generators
Sump Pump Systems
Flood Water Pumps
Storm Shelter Operation
Phone and Radio Systems
Plumbing/Water Filtration Manuals
Vehicle Operations (ATV, Boat, Tractor, Truck)
Download cover document. Check out the other useful info on site there as well.
Nuclear Radiation incidents in Japan as a result of the massive earthquake there have prompted people here and around the world to review their planning for such an event.
Japanese authorities are distributing Potassium Iodate tablets to citizens in the country where it is most likely radiation exposure would occur.
We have had them in our Evac Bags as SOP for 12 years (these are “expired”). The IOSAT Brand has been around for a long time and you can usually acquire them at pharmacies – we had to wait. You can buy a variety of anti-radiation pills online that block absorption of Radioactive Iodine into your thyroid.
Read the FDA Guidelines on these products here: http://tinyurl.com/4lbb52m
CampingSurvival.Com has these available along with some other anti-radiation products, detectors as well as a very detailed explanation on how radiation affects your system and how this product works.
We might suggest that if you are conducting a “drill” today you consider your actions in such an emergency and how you have prepared to evacuate or shelter in place. Many of us are living close to such reactors.
Pray for those people in Japan who have died as a result of the earthquake and tsunami and for those working in grave danger to restore the damaged reactors to a safe condition.