We all can take action to prepare! This September, National Preparedness Month (NPM) will be focusing on planning. This year’s theme is “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.” We all can help first responders in our community by training how to respond during an emergency and what we should do when disaster strikes whether at work, or home or away. The goal of NPM is to increase the overall number of individuals, families and communities to take part in preparedness actions whether at home, work, businesses, school or places of worship.
Week 1: September 1-9 Make a Plan for Yourself, Family and Friends
- Make an Emergency Plan. http://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan
- Sign up for Wireless Emergency Alerts on your cell phone. Know the difference between Watches and Warnings.
- Check to see if your county has a mass notification system that you can opt into. (For Guernsey County, we have the RAVE system. Click on the cell phone to sign up).
- Check your insurance policy and know what it covers. Document your property by taking pictures, video, and save receipts etc.
- Prepare your family by having a conversation over dinner about emergency preparedness.
- Practice evacuating in the car with your pets, find alternate routes and prepare an emergency go bag for you and your pets.
- Create an emergency communication plan. During an emergency, phones in the area may be down, try texting an out of state contact who can alert other family members that you are ok.