Today, earthquake survivor Paula Solano makes sure her family is prepared, right down to having slippers next to her children’s beds, in case they have to run out in the middle of the night like she did. “You need to have a plan,” she said. “I call it a ‘clear path to safety.’” That’s the mission of the national disaster preparedness tour created by The Allstate Foundation and Points of Light.
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People respond to crisis with action, and as the world faces the first Ebola epidemic and the largest Ebola outbreak in history, that desire to help has mobilized volunteers from around the globe to serve affected communities. Finding an effective way to help can be difficult when the epidemic and greatest need is in Africa, and you are not a medical professional nor in an affected area.
Emily and Jim Weigel, whose Salt Lake City, Utah, house was destroyed by fire, learned that though they can’t predict when disaster will strike, there are things they can do to prevent harm and minimize headache. To help Utahns and others around the country prepare for disasters, The Allstate Foundation and Points of Light have paired up to present a 14-city preparedness tour, which stopped in Salt Lake City recently.
The Popps of East Rockaway, N.Y., thought they were prepared for Hurricane Sandy – they had moved their cars to higher ground, had flashlights, candles, food and water on hand. But that wasn't enough. See how the Allstate Foundation and Points of Light is helping people line up what they need in the event of a disaster.