Why Being Prepared is Important, or What Happens When You Hit the Powerball Jackpot?-Environmental Health & Safety - Carnegie Mellon University

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Why Being Prepared is Important, or What Happens When You Hit the Powerball Jackpot?

If you read the newspaper or watch the news on TV, it does not take long to be reminded that you always need to be prepared. A situation that might call for a trained response can happen at any moment. Although no one likes to think about acts of violence or tragic accidents, it is a reality of today's world and being prepared can sometimes make the difference between being a survivor or a statistic.

 If you play the lottery, specifically the Powerball where the current prize is around 70 million dollars and the odds of winning the top prize is 1 in 175,223,510; you can easily find yourself making plans in your head about how to spend the money. This is time well spent, for if you did beat the fantastically long odds against you, you would benefit greatly from having a plan. There are plenty of stories of people winning large sums of money, only to find themselves broke a few years later because they did not prepare for all the issues. Even though they played the lottery, they believed it was such a long shot that it did not warrant the time to prepare for winning it.

 Violence in the workplace occurs rarely in the United States; however, it is 300 times more likely to happen to you then hitting the Powerball according to recent statistics. Knowing what to do in the event of an incident can save your life or prevent an injury. Take the time to learn the phone numbers of your emergency responders such the police and fire department. Know your surroundings, learn where exits are located; think about places to hide if that becomes necessary. Contact your EH&S office for additional information at 412-268-8182. 

By: Michael Fouch, mfouch@andrew.cmu.edu, 412-268-3221