September is National Preparedness Month

Patty TerhuneCommunity Interest

Ready.gov has put together several resources to help be prepared in the event of an emergency or disaster, such as:

Make a Plan – Your family may not be together when a disaster strikes so it is important to plan in advance: how you will get to a safe place; how you will contact one another; how you will get back together; and what you will do in different situations. Go to Ready.gov to get information about Family Communication during an emergency and to download their Family Communication Plan for Parents and Kids. You can download the forms, fill out the sections and provide it to your family and friends. There is even a Commuter Emergency Plan for traveling between work and home.

Build an Emergency Kit – A disaster supplies kit is simply a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.

Try to assemble your kit well in advance of an emergency. You may have to evacuate at a moment’s notice and take essentials with you. You will probably not have time to search for the supplies you need or shop for them.

You may need to survive on your own after an emergency. This means having your own food, water and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least 72 hours. Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster but they cannot reach everyone immediately. You could get help in hours or it might take days.

Go to Ready.gov’s Build a Kit page where you’ll find information on:

  • Basic Disaster Supplies Kit
  • How to Maintain your Kit
  • Kit Storage Locations
  • Suggested Foods
  • Car Safety
  • Managing Water

This is just a small sampling of resources available on Ready.gov. For this and more resources to help you be prepared in the event of an emergency, go to http://www.ready.gov/be-informed.