Be Prepared

Preparing beforehand, including rehearsing with drills, can alleviate confusion, increase our effectiveness and give us and our loved ones the best chances of surviving a disaster.

By Susan Logan

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CAT FANCY

It's difficult to predict how we would react in an emergency if we've never been in one or never prepared for one. Hindsight gives us the advantage of perfect vision and makes it easy to see the mistakes others have made in dealing with disasters. Experienced ship captains have baffled us with their behavior during infamous shipwrecks from the Titanic to the Costa Concordia. But the overwhelming events of a crisis can make anyone panic, or paralyze us with fear and completely shut down. We don't like to think about it, but we need to recognize that this could happen to us.

Preparing beforehand, including rehearsing with drills, can alleviate confusion, increase our effectiveness and give us and our loved ones the best chances of surviving a disaster.

**Get the July 2012 issue of CAT FANCY to read the full article or click here to purchase a PDF version.**

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