Posted on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 8:17 am
September is National Preparedness Month. Sponsored by FEMA, National Preparedness Month aims to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to all types of emergencies.
National Preparedness Month is a time to prepare yourself and those in your care 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.
The 2014 National Preparedness theme is: “Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare”
Plan for Your LOCAL Risks
There are actions that should be taken before, during and after an event that are unique to each hazard. Identify the hazards that have happened or could happen in your area and plan for the unique actions for each. Local Emergency management offices can help identify the hazards in your area. Share the hazard-specific information with family members and include pertinent materials in your family disaster plan.
Find out from local law enforcement and government emergency management how you will be notified for each kind of disasters, both natural and man-made. You should also inquire about alert and warning systems for workplace, schools and other locations. Methods of getting your attention vary from community to community. One common method is to broadcast via emergency radio, TV broadcasts and the internet. You might hear a special siren, or get a telephone call, or in some circumstances, volunteers and emergency workers may go door-to-door.
As you prepare, tailor your plans and supplies to your specific daily living needs and responsibilities. Most or all individuals have both specific personal needs as well as resources to assist others. You and your household and others you help or rely on for assistance should work together.
As part of tailoring your plans, consider working with others to create networks of neighbors, relatives, friends and co-workers who will assist each other in an emergency. Discuss your needs and responsibilities and how people in the network can assist each other with communication, care of children, pets, or specific needs like the operation of durable medical equipment. Create your own personal network for specific areas where you need assistance.
Take this month to prepare and make a plan and empower yourself to prepare and to coordinate preparedness activities with your family, neighbors, co-workers, and others. All the information, resources, and tools are at your fingertips, nationwide.
REMEMBER – “It is too late, when you’re told to evacuate!