Earthquake Preparedness Budget Discussion Basic Supplies Sample Term Paper

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Earthquake Preparedness

Budget Discussion

Basic Supplies

Sample Budget

Preparedness Planning and Training

Budget Discussion

The budget is a critical component of an earthquake preparedness plan. Unlike hurricanes and some other natural hazards, earthquakes strike suddenly and without warning (FEMA, 2013). There are two main consequences of an earthquake and that deal with both people and property. People are always a higher priority than property; however the property is often an interrelated concern. For example, the property should be well stocked with supplies that are needed in the event of an earthquake which can help saves lives and provide needed medical treatment should people be injured. Furthermore if the property has a structure or place to go in the event of an earthquake then this can mitigate any injures to the inhabitants of the building. This proposal will outline a sample plan for a large office building.

Having adequate supplies are of the utmost importance when it comes to earthquakes. When an earthquake occurs the demands of supplies are very high. The supplies needed may vary from location to another and most be tailored to the specific site. The needed supplies will also depend on the severity of the disaster and organizations should always prepare for the reasonably worst case scenario. A basic supply list will include, but is not limited to, water, food, shelter, clothing, medical services, medical supplies and many other items.
The American Red Cross recommends the following items as the basic essentials (Red Cross, N.d.):

Basic Supplies

Water -- one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)

Food -- non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)

Flashlight

Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)

Extra batteries

First aid kit -- Anatomy of a First Aid Kit

Medications (7-day supply) and medical items

Multi-purpose tool

Sanitation and personal hygiene items

Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)

Cell phone with chargers

Family and emergency contact information

Extra cash

Emergency blanket

Map(s) of the area

It is recommended that a team of no less than five people be involved in preparing the official budget and preparedness plan. However, a proposed budget and sample plan will be provided. The plan will need to be tailored to the location which will be especially challenging since it is in an urban area. Urban areas are more prone to direct and indirect hazards than in more rural areas since damage to….....

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