Here at MPOWERD, we call this system the “Circle of Safety” and this journey consists of four essential steps: Education, Preparation, Recovery, and Normalization.
People can enter the Circle any stage—it simply depends on your circumstances, but the way forward is more or less a constant. For sake of convenience, let’s assume that our journey starts from a time without any disasters in recent memory or in the foreseeable future.
The circle begins with Education. This step involves learning and teaching about the tools necessary for an individual's safety in times of crisis. For instance, people can research low-cost, high reliability, portable, durable, clean power solutions, like MPOWERD’s product line of Luci® inflatable solar lights.
Next we go to Preparation. This step involves the actual practical application of knowledge, such as putting plans together for safe houses as well as establishing and purchasing alternative energy solutions for a potential storm.
The third step, Recovery, comes after the disaster has passed. This stage on the Circle of Safety is definitely the hardest step to move through as the tangible and emotional effects of a storm can never be predicted. Our hope is that individuals can utilize the knowledge gained from Education and the practical applications from Preparation to proactively recover from the disaster. Recovery is all about people working together to rebuild their communities — coming out of it stronger, more knowledgeable, and more resilient than before.
The final step, Normalization ,is a reestablishment of normal daily life in the community affected by a disaster. Often overlooked, Normalization is one of the most important stages of the Circle of Safety because without restoring a sense of normality, people can feel powerless and unable to actually engage in their day-to-day lives. Thankfully, once life is normalized, individuals begin to re-engage with our first step of Education and teach others in their communities who were not prepared decreasing any future risk. In this way, the Circle of Safety begins again.
All of these stages are essential parts of disaster relief. While we may hope to never need them, they remain necessary as a precaution. The consequences of a lack of proper attention to incoming disasters can be worse than we imagine, while the results of planning can be better than we hoped.