September is National Preparedness Month, but what does that mean?
Preparedness is being prepared for the unexpected and having an emergency plan. This month serves as a reminder that we should all be prepared now and throughout the year.
Questions to ask yourself:
What kind of things am I planning for?
The most obvious answer here would be natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods, tornadoes and other weather-related events. But it’s also important to think about forest fires, power grid failures, terrorist attacks or even nuclear events.
Do you know what your hazards are?
Maybe you live in an earthquake prone area, tornado alley or on the coast where hurricanes are prevalent. Take a moment to think about hazards that might affect your family specifically.
What’s your emergency plan?
Being prepared means knowing ahead of time what you’re going to do in the event of the unexpected. Know where the lowest point in the center of your home is. Have an emergency kit with a flashlight, batteries, radio, water, snacks and other emergency relief supplies. Communicate to family members about your emergency location and where the emergency kit is stored.
Because each type of event will require a different action plan, be mindful there is not one way to respond to all disasters. But you must plan ahead, know your hazards and take action accordingly.
If you need help developing a plan, we encourage you to check out ready.gov for more information on getting and staying prepared.