September Is National Preparedness Month
September is National Preparedness Month, a nationwide effort designed to raise awareness of how important it is to be prepared for any kind of emergency. There are simple steps you can take to make sure you and your family are prepared for any situation.
Prepare An Emergency Kit
This kit should include a number of supplies in order to survive for at least 3 days if an emergency should occur. These items include, among other things, water, food, a first aid kit, a battery operated radio, flashlight and extra batteries. A list of suggested items can be found on the ready.gov Web site , but individuals are urged to assess their own situations for any unique needs.
Make A Plan
Make sure you have a family communications plan. Have an evacuation plan as well as a shelter-in-place plan. If there are places that you frequent such as day care or school, be knowledgeable about their particular plans as well. Ready.gov includes several sample templates that you can use to create your own communications plan.
Be informed and knowledgeable about the types of emergencies that can occur in your area. Locally, we can face both man-made and natural disasters including earthquakes, flash floods and chemical spills. Furthermore, learn about the various emergency plans that are in place by your local and state government. This includes being prepared for both natural and man-made disasters.
Get involved in citizen groups such as Citizens Corp and learn helpful skills such as first aid and CPR.
Organizations are also encouraged to become involved in preparedness efforts. the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has brought together a wide variety of public and private sector organizations to form the National Preparedness Month Coalition. Coalition members are helping to spread the word by distributing information and hosting events. For more information on how to get your organization involved, visit http://www.ready.gov .
American Red Cross
Department of Homeland Security
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