National Preparedness Month
National Preparedness Month is time to focus our attention on the importance of preparing our families, homes, businesses, and communities for disasters that threaten our lives, property, and community.
Take time to learn lifesaving skills − such as CPR and first aid, check your insurance policies and coverage for the hazards you may face, such as flood, earthquakes, and tornadoes. Make sure to consider the costs associated with disasters and save for an emergency. Also, know how to take practical safety steps like shutting off water and gas.
Over the past year, communities nationwide have experienced damage from multiple hurricanes, wildfires, tornadoes, floods, volcanic eruptions, and other natural disasters. The historic hurricane season of 2017 included three catastrophic storms that made landfall within a month, and was followed by a destructive series of wildfires in California. Combined, these natural disasters affected 47 million people. Currently, many are affected by the ongoing wildfires in California, Oregon, and Colorado.
Disasters are solemn reminders that preparedness is a shared responsibility and that it is critical to maintain readiness. All of us can prepare for potential disasters by developing and practicing a family emergency response plan, assembling a disaster supply kit, signing up for alerts on mobile devices (Stafford Alert), setting aside emergency savings, and maintaining adequate insurance policies for homes and businesses.
The month is broken down into 4 weeks of topics to help you get started. Please see week three below:
Week 1: Make a Plan
Week 2: Learn Lifesaving Skills
Week 3: Check Your Coverage 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.
Please visit ready.gov for more tips on making a plan.