Ready or Not? It’s up to YOU: Smart, Simple Steps to Stay Safe

Kathy Wing
Kathy Wing

7-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Polsky Theatre, Johnson County Community College (Map)
The event is free to attend, but your RSVP is appreciated. You may email the Polsky Series.

It is important to know that in a widespread emergency or natural disaster, professional first responders may not reach you quickly. The most critical thing you can do is prepare to take care of yourself and those in your care. Spending a little time organizing supplies, many of which you probably already have on hand, and thinking about your options ahead of time can make a big difference in your safety and comfort during any emergency event.

Have you thought about how you would manage if you lost power, water and other utilities for an extended period? What if you had to take your pets with you to an emergency shelter? What about your prescription medications? What simple, multi-purpose items are essential for your supply kit?

The things we take for granted on a daily basis are the most challenging to do without in a crisis. Being prepared doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. It is important to get started now, and this presentation will help you do just that. Certified emergency preparedness trainer Kathy Wing will share brilliantly simple, inexpensive tips on how to prepare for unexpected situations, be it a major crisis or a small mishap. Her enthusiasm and thrifty spirit will inspire you to complete your family’s emergency plans and kits right away, just in time for severe winter weather.

About Kathy Wing

Kathy Wing’s passion for emergency preparation began when she participated in Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training through JCCC. Learning what to do and how to make use of simple, everyday items in emergency situations was intriguing and she soon became the CERT liaison for the college and coordinated training events with the Overland Park Fire Department.

Since then she received training to present the Community College Citizen Preparedness Program (3CP2, sponsored by FEMA and Homeland Security). Kathy also is certified for ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) armed intruder training and co-leads a Building Emergency Team on JCCC’s campus.

Besides facilitating 3CP2 and ALICE training, Kathy is a program coordinator in JCCC’s Continuing Education branch. Her education includes a bachelor’s in business administration and a master's of arts in education.

About the Polsky Series

This series is underwritten by the Norman and Elaine Polsky Family Supporting Foundation within the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation in partnership with JCCC, and includes topics not currently offered elsewhere. Successful professionals share their knowledge to benefit you.

Watch prior Polsky Series seminars online anytime; or via cable (in Johnson County only) on Consolidated Communications Channel 17, TimeWarner Channel 98.17 or Comcast of Olathe Channel 22 — Sundays 10-11:30 a.m., Wednesdays 2-3:30 a.m., and Fridays 7-8:30 p.m.