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February 6, 2014

The National Preparedness Community

Community members:

This week we’re excited to share a member spotlight with you. Read about Dory Harrington and how she helps other women prepare below. Also, get the commuter emergency plan, learn how you can join in a weekly preparedness chat and how you can find a warming center by sending a text message.

Member Spotlight

Dory Harrington

Dory Harrington

I am, for all appearances, a typical, working, suburban mom, married, two children, two dogs, living in a typical suburban neighborhood. You would think that I am like all my neighbors and friends. I’m not. I started thinking several years ago about “what if…”  

My scenario is typical, but how many other women stop to think about it? How many women are prepared to handle any type of disaster? I don’t want to be the mom desperate and unprepared. I want to be the mom who has what she needs, so that I can focus on what to do next. This led me to start my business which helps empower women and mothers in an emergency, as I know I am not the only one who has thought this way.

Find out how Dory helps other women prepare and read her suggestions for the 10 things that every woman should have in her emergency kit. 

Emergency Kit

Get the Commuter Emergency Plan!

Do you have a commuter emergency plan? Do you have a list of your normal and some alternative routes you can use to get to your destinations in case of a disaster?

If not, download this simple Commuter Emergency Plan!

Keep a copy in your wallet or another safe place where you can access it in the event of a disaster.

Social Media Emergency Management Twitter Chat

Join this week’s Social Media Emergency Management Twitter Chat on Friday at 12:30 pm EST. Every week, emergency managers, preparedness advocates, and organizations from across the country take to Twitter using the hashtag #SMEMchat to share information, facts, and tweet about what they are doing in their own community.

This chat has been organized by citizens and is another great forum for preparedness discussions. If this is useful to you, be sure to also join our Social Media Emergency Management Community of Practice!

Find Warming Centers Using Your Cell

When the mercury dips, many communities open warming centers to help people with heating problems escape the frigid weather. Warming centers can be found in your area library, police station, senior center or school. Operating hours and accommodations at warming facilities vary, so check with the facility before you go.

Many open centers coordinate with the federally mandated phone information system to communicate availability information. Locate a warming center near you by calling 2-1-1 or 3-1-1. Another way to find shelters is through FEMA’s text message program. Just text SHELTER and your zip code to 43362 (4FEMA).

Want to be featured in our Member Spotlight? Submit your story here!

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Updated: February 6, 2014 — 10:57 am

The Author

Rich Fleetwood

Rich is the founder of SurvivalRing, now in it's 24th year, author of multimedia CDs and DVDs, loves the outdoors, his family, his geeky skill-set, and lives in rural southern Wyoming, just below the continental divide (long story, that...). Always ready to help others, he shares what he learns on multiple blogs, many social sites, and more. With a background in preparedness and survival skills, training with county, state, and national organizations, and skills in all areas of media and on air experience in live radio and television, Rich is always thinking about the "big picture", when it comes to helping individuals and families prepare for life's little surprises.

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