This post is about two sisters from Monson, Massachusets.
They now teach other communities how to do the same thing. They turned their experience into a business.
Caitria and Morgan O’Neill describe their idea in a TED video.
You can watch the nine minute video at the end of this post.
But first a few appropriate words from the 2012 National Preparedness Report (with my emphasis):
Efforts to improve national preparedness have incorporated the whole community…. This whole community approach to preparedness recognizes that disasters affect all segments of society. While the Federal Government plays a critical role in coordinating national-level efforts, it is communities and individuals who lead efforts to implement preparedness initiatives throughout the Nation….
Experience has shown that community members often serve as first responders…. Faith-based and voluntary organizations, furthermore, have demonstrated remarkable speed and capacity to establish operations to care for those in need after a disaster….
Of course, preparedness is not a new concept…. What is new is the unity of effort that whole community partners are bringing to the challenge, as well as the recognition that preparedness does not just involve spending resources—it involves changing mindsets and behaviors.
Here is the TED talk
A somewhat cynical colleague watched the video and sent me the following note:
I’m delighted at the confidence, even the certainty, that the 2 sisters have that ‘someone’ will do what is necessary. Ah the human spirit!