This is a FEMA PrepTalk with Amanda Ripley, a journalist and a senior fellow at the Emerson Collective. She combines the inspiring stories of disaster survivors with research into how the brain works when confronted with unusual events to provide advice on how emergency managers can help individuals become more decisive in an emergency.

One of her most important points is that we need to practice thinking through how we might respond to an emergency. The more we practice, the less likely we are to freeze—not knowing what to do next.

To support our need for practice, Martinez Area CERT is planning an area-wide response exercise on Saturday, July 27th from 8am to noon. We invite you to come meet your District Coordinator (what district are you in?), see what we’re doing, and help explore how you might save yourself and your family in a serious disaster. Here’s our Martinez Area-Wide Exercise Announcement and a way to register online.

Thanks Denniz Futalan for use of the photo.