Blogging in Service: Edison Potter on Preparedness
I began my term as an AmeriCorp VISTA with SALT on August 3, 2015. I’m currently the Preparedness and Disaster Services Technology Coordinator. Before that I had volunteered with them for two months. Having grown up in Schoharie, Hurricane Irene changed my life, as it did so many others. Instead of blowing me off track, however, helping cleanup after the flood served to clarify some things in my life, and lend me a sense of perspective. As a college sophomore, I discovered that Emergency Management was a thing that existed, and I had already experienced it first-hand. I found out that it was something I could do, a career that would let me help people and communities, and I’ve been pursuing it in the four years since.
Emergency Management is a cycle:
Preparedness – Knowing and understanding the threats, and being ready for them.
Response – Dealing with a disaster or emergency when it occurs.
Recovery – Putting things back together in the aftermath, as is SALT’s mission.
Mitigation – Knowing what has happened, and preventing it from happening again, or working today to lessen the losses or damage of tomorrow.