September is National Preparedness Month
This month we are helping you plan for family and community disaster with a few simple steps and resources. As our country continues to handle COVID-19, we keep this National Preparedness Month’s theme in mind: “Disasters don’t wait. Make your plan today.”
- Make A Plan
- Consider the following questions: What is my evacuation route? Do I need to update my emergency kit to meet new CDC Coronavirus guidelines? What is my household communication plan?
- Consider specific needs in your household such as dietary needs, disabilities, pets or service animals, cultural and religious considerations, etc.
- Fill out this Family Emergency Plan and practice with your household.
- Build a Kit
- Assemble a kit with essential items in airtight plastic bags. Be sure to include face coverings and other supplies that will protect your household from COVID-19.
- Take note of the unique needs of your family.
- Store a kit at home, work, and in your car to be prepared from any location.
- Prepare for Natural Disasters
- Sign up for emergency alerts to receive life-saving information from your local city.
- Know the risk of disasters in your area and check your insurance coverage.
- Care for the people in your community by sharing important information about emergency preparedness.
- Teach Youth About Preparedness
- Promote good financial savings habits by practicing saving and budgeting. For example, try giving your child a $5 budget next time you are at the grocery store.
- Make sure your kids know how to send a text message and dial 911 in case of emergency.
- Ready Kids has fun games, courses, and articles that inform kids and teens about what to do in an emergency situation.
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