September is National Preparedness Month
How prepared are you for an emergency? Not very? Well, it’s not too late and it’s easier than you might think. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security encourages Americans to take steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses and schools. With this web site and four simple steps, you too can make sure that you, your loved ones and your assets will be well prepared in case of an emergency.
Get a Kit: Pick up necessary items (food, first aid kit, flash light, etc) to include in your basic emergency supply kit.
Make a Plan: Make sure you have a family emergency plan. Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to plan in advance. How you will contact one another; how you will get back together; and what you will do in different situations.
Be Informed: Being informed about the different types of emergencies that could happen where you live and the appropriate ways to respond to them will impact the decisions you make and the actions you take. In addition, learn about the emergency plans that have been established in your area by your state and local government.
Get Involved: After preparing yourself and your family for possible emergencies, take the next step and get involved in preparing your community. Learn more about Citizen Corps, which actively involves citizens in making our communities and our nation safer, stronger and better prepared. We all have a role to play in keeping our hometowns secure from emergencies of all kinds. For more information, go to www.citizencorps.gov to get involved.