National Preparedness Month (NPN) was born out of the tragedies of September 11, 2001. We are all encouraged to take steps for our own survival preparations. “Ready” is part of the Department of Homeland Security and has laid out a plan to help us all be better prepared for disaster. Below are steps everyone should consider to promote family and community disaster planning now and throughout the year. As our nation continues to respond to COVID-19, there is no better time to be involved this September.
Make A Plan
Make a plan today. Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to know which types of disasters could affect your area. Know how you’ll contact one another and reconnect if separated. Establish a family meeting place that’s familiar and easy to find.
• Ask and answer difficult questions about emergency warnings, evacuation routes, shelters, communication plans, etc.
• Consider specific needs in your household for children, pets, elderly, dietary needs, and more.
• Complete a written plan. Click here for an example.
• Practice your plan with your family.
Build A Kit
Gather supplies that will last for several days after a disaster for everyone living in your home. Don’t forget to consider the unique needs each person or pet may have in case you have to evacuate quickly. Update your kit at least once a year. Check expiration dates on food items and consider updates as your family changes. Store a kit in your home, at work and in your car, so you’re prepared no matter where you may be stranded.
Limit the impacts that disasters have on you and your family. 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.
Visit https://www.ready.gov/september for more information.