SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH
The likelihood that you and your family will recover from an emergency tomorrow often depends on the planning and preparation done today. While each person’s abilities and needs are unique, every individual can take steps to prepare for all kinds of emergencies.
Develop a family emergency plan: Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so plan how you will contact one another and review what you will do in different situations. Consider a plan where each family member calls, or e-mails the same friend or relative in the event of an emergency. An out-of-town contact may be in a better position to communicate among separated family members.
Create a Personal Support Network: If you anticipate needing assistance during a disaster, ask family, friends, and others to be part of your plan.
- Write down and share each aspect of your emergency plan with everyone in your support network.
- Make sure everyone knows how you plan to evacuate your home and where you will go in case of a disaster/emergency.
- Make sure that someone in your local network has an extra key to your home and knows where you keep your emergency supplies.
- Teach those who will help you how to use any lifesaving equipment and administer medicine in case of an emergency.
- Practice your plan with those who have agreed to be part of your network.
Click here for a list of emergency supplies to have on hand.