Are You Ready? September is National Preparedness Month
If a tornado, blizzard, earthquake or fire threatened your town or home, protecting your family is your No. 1 priority.
A question to ask yourself is, do you know what to do and will you be prepared? If you’re not sure, September’s National Preparedness Month is for you.
Beginning in 2004, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) declared September as “National Preparedness Month.” The idea is to encourage people to prepare and plan in advance what to do to protect their family and survive if a large-scale disaster strikes their town.
National Preparedness Month is an educational event and encourages people to have a plan and resources set aside to be self-reliant for at least three days during an emergency where there might not be access to utilities, food, water, fuel or other local services.
This year alone we’ve seen floods, wildfires, blizzards, tornadoes and hurricanes affect entire regions of the country. When an event like this hits your home town, knowing what to do before, during and after may make all the difference as to how well you and your family survive.
Whether you’re at home, work or on-the-go, it’s important to have a plan. Planning ahead will ensure that you and your family know what to do, where to go and have the supplies you need to be safe wherever you are. National Preparedness Month encourages families, businesses and communities to prepare and plan by:
- Being informed about emergencies that could impact your community.
- Identifying sources of information that will be helpful before, during and after an emergency.
- Planning what to do in an emergency.
- Building a survival kit.
To help you and your family create a plan, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has teamed up with the American Red Cross to create a website – Emergency Preparedness and You – filled with helpful information about emergency planning for you and your family.
Don’t take a chance. The only thing worse than a disaster hitting your home town is not knowing what to do if it does.
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