September has been designated as National Preparedness Month. This is part of a campaign by the federal government and agencies and organizations across the country to encourage the public to think about what they would do in the event of an emergency or natural disaster, gather supplies they would need, and make an action plan.
This year, National Preparedness Month is broken down into four weekly campaigns focused on different types of emergencies: floods, wildfires, hurricanes, and power outages. The goal is to get people thinking about the many types of disasters that could strike at any time.
If a natural disaster occurs, you could be forced to leave your home and move to a friend’s or family member’s home, a hotel, or a shelter. Be prepared by having a bag packed with clothing, medication, important documents, and money. Talk to your family and figure out where you would go if you could not live in your home. If you have pets, figure out how you would care for them. Have a plan for how you would communicate if phone lines were not working.
Storms and other natural disasters frequently cause power outages. In some cases, power can be out for days or possibly even weeks at a time. If you would want to stay in your home during a power outage, you need to be prepared with supplies, including emergency generators, batteries, emergency food, a manual can opener, emergency water or a water filter, and an emergency radio.
A medical emergency can occur at any time. You should always have a first aid kit or a
medical kit on hand to treat minor problems in case you are unable to get a person to the hospital or phones are not working and you are unable to call for help.
This September, take the time to think about what you would do in an emergency situation to keep yourself and your family safe. Discuss potential scenarios with your family, gather supplies you might need, and create a plan so that you will be prepared and know what to do if you should find yourself facing a natural disaster or power outage.