Be prepared in case of disaster

Open box reveals contents of first aid kitThis Sunday marks the 10th anniversary of 9/11.  Take time to remember those who lost their lives as well as time to make sure you are prepared for future emergencies.  September is National Preparedness Month (NPM) which was founded after 9/11 to increase preparedness in the U.S.

The recent area wildfires remind us that an emergency can happen unexpectedly and sometimes there are only minutes to react.  This September prepare and plan in the event you must go for at least 3 days without electricity, water service, access to groceries or other local services.  Follow these three simple steps recommended by  FEMA’s Ready Campaign.

  1. Get a Kit:   Keep enough emergency supplies on hand for you and those in your care – water, non-perishable food, first aid, prescriptions, flashlight, battery-powered radio – for a checklist of supplies visit Ready.gov
  2. Make a Plan:  Discuss, agree on and document an emergency plan with those in your care. For sample plans see Ready.gov
  3. Be Informed:  Free information is available from federal, state and local resources.

You can learn what to do before, during and after an emergency by contacting your local emergency management agency.

The most important step you can take in helping your local fire, police and rescue personnel is being able to take care of yourself and those in your care; the more people who are prepared, the quicker the community will recover.

For more information on National Preparedness Month and for help getting prepared visit Ready.gov or call 1800-BE-READY for free information.