CDC recommends preparedness resolutions

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended on Tuesday that people commit to improving their preparedness skills and resources for emergency situations as resolutions for the new year.

The CDC's Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response recently recognized the "Do 1 Thing" project as a community project that encourages participants to improve their preparedness one step at a time. The Lansing, Mich.-based online preparedness program focuses on a different preparedness aspect each month.

"People are overwhelmed by the process of becoming prepared," Rhonda Oberlin, the project's emergency management specialist, said. "Being prepared for disasters and emergencies can seem like a big job. Many people don't know where to start, so they never start at all."

The first step in the project for January is making an emergency plan. Creating such a plan includes determining evacuation routes, where to meet after a neighborhood evacuation, a family meeting place outside the home and a place to take shelter during a natural disaster.

Future monthly topics include stocking up on food, making a first aid kit and making an emergency kit. Many of the topics include low or no-cost options.

"Do 1 Thing gives you an easy, accessible way to accomplish being prepared without much effort," Steve Lehman, a representative of Clinton County Emergency Services, said.

The Do 1 Thing project is meant to foster the development of a more disaster resilient community by allowing individuals to understand the risks and take action through achievable, realistic preparedness goals.