National Preparedness Month is a time to prepare yourself and your family for emergencies and disasters, both large scale and smaller local events. We know that emergencies can happen unexpectedly in communities just like yours, to people like you. We’ve seen hurricanes, flash floods, tornado outbreaks, and even water main breaks and power outages that impact communities for days at a time.
As commendable as first responders may be in their professions for assisting those in need, police, fire and rescue may not always be able to reach you quickly in an emergency or disaster. An important step you can take in helping your local responders is being able to take care of yourself and your family for at least a short period of time following an emergency; the more people who are prepared, the quicker the community will recover.
Emergencies can happen anywhere, at any time. Being prepared may make all the difference when seconds count. In advance of the next emergency or extended power outage, prepare for your family’s safety and comfort by taking ACTION with these simple steps:
Make a kit, which includes items such as bottled water, battery or crank-operated radio with all charging capabilities or portable charger, flashlights and extra batteries, non-perishable foods and necessary prescription drugs. Remember to include extra cash in the event ATMs are not working. Remember to maintain at least a half tank of gas in your vehicle at all time.
Make a plan, which will ensure your family members know where to go, whom to contact and how to remain in contact should family members become separated during an emergency event. Keep your cell phones fully charged and try not to use them if the power goes out. Texting uses less power than a cell call, so use text message when possible to save power.
Stay Informed, knowing information such as local evacuation routes, the location of nearby shelters, what to do before, during and after an emergency can help you and your family withstand the first few hours of a disaster or any other emergency.