“The worse disaster is not being prepared” - The American Red CrossIt is not a matter of “if” but “when” a natural disaster or an emergency situation occurs. Over the last few years we have witnessed natural disasters - the devastating earthquakes in Mexico City, Japan and Haiti, deadly fires and mudslides in California and destructive hurricanes that caused extreme flooding in Houston or the monsoons that pound the Philippines, to name only a few. We have also witnessed emergency situations, like the deadly Amtrak train crash in Philadelphia and the rash of shootings in Las Vegas and Paris. These are only a few of the sobering reminders how lives are affected by disasters and emergency situations. Many happen suddenly, without warning, leaving most ill-prepared for the shocking event and the distressing aftermath. It is estimated it will take 4-7 days for emergency teams to reach individuals in an impact zone. It appears disasters and emergency situations, especially those that impact communities and at times, world affairs, are on the rise. Social Media brings them front and center. It is estimated it will take 4-7 days for emergency teams to reach individuals in an impact zone. The call of the day is: “Be prepared”. You want to walk away from the life and death situation and want to help others do the same! Rather than victims in a disaster-emergency situation we should all aspire to be of service during these times of greatest need. In partnership with The American Red Cross MERCYworldwide is committed to providing basic disaster-emergency training, training in CPR and First Aid, and installing fire alarms in homes in vulnerable communities. We are committed to making every effort to do our part to raise awareness and provide training opportunities so that all of us individually and as a community are prepared. Afterall, echoing the Red Cross’ mantra, “the worst disaster is not being prepared”.