September is National Preparedness Month

September 29, 2014
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Would you be prepared if an emergency occurred today?  Disasters can happen any time.  Here are some resources and steps from Ready.gov to help you and your family prepare for potential emergencies.

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Step 1: Be Informed

The first step in emergency preparedness is to be informed.  One major component stressed by Ready.gov is the importance of communicating with your family about what to do in advance of an emergency.  Know what type of risks are common in your area, such as flooding, earthquakes, or winter storms.  Once you know these risks, you can learn more about how to react to them.  Ready.gov has a comprehensive list of various natural disasters and what you should do before, during, and after they occur.  Reading up on these scenarios will help you stay better informed.

 

A family gathers to discuss preparing for potential emergencies.

Photo courtesy of Ready.gov

Step 2: Make a Plan

Once you know the potential risks, develop a plan of action.  Select a safe meeting place for your family, and discuss how you will get there and how you will contact each other.  Fill out this handy Family Communication Plan to keep all of your important numbers and locations in one place.

 

Step 3: Build a Kit

Experts commonly agree that each family should have an emergency supply kit that will sustain them for at least 72 hours.  This kit should contain food, water, medical supplies, pet supplies, and other tools to assist you until emergency help can arrive.  This checklist contains all of the recommended and additional items to consider adding to your kit.  Occasionally check your supplies to make sure they haven’t expired and restock as necessary.  Also be aware that you can never predict where you will be when a potential emergency occurs.  Disaster supply kits can be placed not only in your home, but also your work and car.

 

A sample of an emergency preparedness kit.

Photo courtesy of Ready.gov

PrepareAthon

September 30th is National Prepareathon Day.  The goal of the day is to increase awareness about emergency preparedness and which hazards are likely to strike your community.  Schedule time to sit down with your family and develop your own plan for how you will stay safe during an emergency.

 

Preparedness in Montgomery County

For local information, visit the website for the Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security or follow them on Twitter.  They have excellent resources for how to deal with emergencies and the potential hazards in Montgomery County.

“Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare.”

 

 



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