Sep 25, 2018
Think Ahead
Erin Cernuda

When faced with a weather-related emergency like a hurricane, fire, or earthquake, it’s important to make preparations well ahead of time. Here are some disaster preparedness suggestions:

• Establish a personal disaster plan for you and your family. If you are worried about yourself or your family, it will be impossible to serve the needs of your athletes.

• Have a communication plan and a backup. Remember that cell phones may not be reliable in the case of an emergency. Ensure that you have another way to communicate during and after the event.

• Pack disaster kits at home, in the car, and even at work. Include basics like food, water, clothing, and hygiene materials.

• If mandated to evacuate, do so immediately. Do not wait.

• Remind your athletes to fill any medications prior to the event.

• Instruct injured athletes in an appropriate home exercise plan that fits their rehabilitation needs.

• Remind athletes to follow all government proclamations and to use proper precautions when participating in clean-up activities.

This article appeared in the July/August 2018 issue of Training & Conditioning.

Erin Cernuda, ATC/L, is Head Athletic Trainer at Miami (Fla.) Sunset Senior High School, where she also teaches science. She was a 2016 recipient of the Gatorade Secondary School Athletic Trainer Award and can be reached at: [email protected].

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