September is National Preparedness Month, and this year's theme is “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.”
Most people have not taken the time to plan ahead and when disaster strikes, they find themselves unprepared. National Preparedness Month is designed to remind individuals, families, and communities to be prepared - well in advance of a disaster.
It really is quite simple — know what will affect you, make a plan, build an emergency kit and get involved. We are all first responders and you can help stabilize the situation by training how to respond during an emergency and what to do when disaster strikes — whether you are at home, work, or out and about.
Make A Plan
Make a plan today. Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to know which
types of disasters
could affect your area. Know how you’ll contact one another and reconnect if separated. Establish a family meeting place that’s familiar and easy to find.
Step 1: Put together a plan by discussing these 4 questions with your family, friends, or household to start your emergency plan.
Step 2: Consider specific needs in your household.
Tailor your plans and supplies to your specific daily living needs and responsibilities. Consider how people in the network can assist each other with communication, care of children, business, pets, or specific needs like the operation of durable medical equipment. Create your own personal network for specific areas where you need assistance.
Keep in mind some these factors when developing your plan:
- Different ages of members within your household
- Responsibilities for assisting others
- Locations frequented
- Dietary needs
- Medical needs including prescriptions and equipment
- Disabilities or access and functional needs including devices and equipment
- Languages spoken
- Cultural and religious considerations
- Pets or service animals
- Households with school-aged children
Step 3: Fill out a Family Emergency Plan
Download and fill out a family emergency plan or use them as a guide to create your own.
Step 4: Practice your plan with your family/household