September has been designated as National Preparedness Month (NPM) to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses and communities. This year’s theme is Plan Now. Work Together. Be Ready. Whether you are a parent taking care of a family, a good neighbor or an active emergency responder, everyone plays a role during an emergency.
There are so many possibilities for disaster such as hurricanes, train accidents, ice storms or multi-car accidents on our major highways. We can’t dwell on what might happen but we can certainly take steps to avoid as much danger as possible and prepare.
State and federal officials are urging people to become prepared by developing a family emergency plan, putting together an emergency supply kit and learning more about what to do during natural disasters and other emergency situations.
You can visit Ready.gov for more information including downloadable emergency kit checklists and emergency plan forms, as well as links to other sources of information and help.
Preparedness plans take only a short time to make but the repercussions of not having one can last for a long time. Please visit www.ready.gov or www.fema.gov then spend a few minutes following their guidelines for planning.
For example, recording simple information such as phone numbers for relatives, friends, doctors and your pharmacy will help you notify people if you must leave your home. Carrying a card with your medication information will be invaluable should you be injured. There are many other simple items you can record in one place to be of help if you need to be evacuated or are stranded.
Here are three basic steps to follow to help you family prepare for an emergency.
• Know how to contact your family quickly during an emergency.
• Establish a meeting place during an emergency, such as the basement during severe weather or a place outside in case of a fire.
• Keep at least three days worth of daily supplies in your home, such as food, water and any necessary medical supplies.
Also, here are some additional tips for assembling a preparedness kit: