I’m Deborah Miller and I’m passionate about helping people be prepared in the event of an emergency. My background and training help me to prepare for the unexpected and to help others prepare too. This site is not for those preparing for the “end of the world” but for those who want to get through an unexpected emergency, medical emergency or natural disaster safety.
Emergencies are never planned, but you can do things to help make the emergency easier to live through.
For example, are you prepared for a medical emergency?
- Have you organized your important paperwork so your family can make good decisions if you are incapacitated?
- Do you know First Aid and CPR?
Are you prepared if you are stuck in an unfamiliar or dangerous area?
- If you are stuck on the highway, can you survive in your car for 24 or 48 hours?
- Do you know how to read a map in case you are lost and you don’t have cell service?
Are you prepared for a natural disaster?
- Do you have supplies to stay at home for 72 hours without power?
- If you have to leave your home quickly, do you have your important papers and memories ready to go?
- Have you made arrangements to communicate with family members?
- Do you have a place to evacuate to if you must leave an area?
Five years ago, a medical emergency kept me away from home for almost 3 months. I wasn’t prepared and it was a challenge to maintain a household from a distance.
I decided that I needed to be more prepared and my preparedness journey began. I developed the My Life Organizer journal from my own experience in having information ready to go in an instant.
I joined some emergency preparedness groups in my community and received training.
- Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a FEMA program that educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.
- Civilian Crisis Response Team (CCRT) is an organized group of civilian volunteers who are committed to helping people in our communities during their time of greatest need. They are highly trained and respond to natural disasters and help with Search and Rescue.
- National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR) provides training for volunteers who help locate lost or missing persons.
- AARL is the National Association for Amateur Radio. My Ham Radio handle is KD9RGH.
- Hamilton County RACES is my local emergency ham radio organization.
I also became an instructor for First Aid, CPR/AED, Wilderness First Aid, Bloodborne Pathogens and Advanced Bleeding Control and provide training through:
- American Red Cross
- HSI – American Safety & Health Institute