September is National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month, and this year’s theme is “Disasters don’t wait.  Make your plan today.”

Make a Plan

A great way to get started is to make a plan!  Talk to your friends and family about how you will communicate before, during, and after a disaster.  Keep a handy list of phone numbers within reach. 

Build a Kit

Build a supply kit that will last for several days after a disaster for everyone living in your home. And make sure to include drinking water! Typically, you should have enough water per person to last three to seven days, minimum. You will need at least one gallon for each person for each day you expect to be without water. And don’t forget water for your pets! 

Prepare for Disasters

Limit the impacts that disasters have on you and your family by being informed about various dangers.  Know the risk of disasters in your area and check your insurance coverage.  Learn how to make your home stronger in the face of storms and other common hazards and act fast if you receive a local warning or alert.

Teach Your Family Members about Preparedness

There are great resources available online to help your family and friends prepare for emergencies.  Talk to your kids about preparing for emergencies and what to do in case you are separated. Reassure them by providing information about how they can get involved.