September is National Preparedness Month (NPM), a time to remind ourselves that we need to make sure our households are prepared for natural or man-made disasters. NPM promotes family and community disaster planning throughout the year.
As we have seen, 2020 has been hectic and shown the world that preparedness and planning is vital for everyone. This year has definitely lived up to this NPM theme: Disasters Don’t Wait. Make Your Plan Today”.
As we prepare for future disasters and emergencies, it is important to also include COVID-19 considerations. The four key components to having a well prepared family and community are:
- Make sure to update your plan as your life changes and recommendations based on anticipated events.
- Gather supplies that will last for several days after a disaster for everyone living in your home.
- Don’t forget to consider the unique needs each person or pet may have in case you have to evacuate quickly.
- Update your kits and supplies based on recommendations for anticipated events.
- Limit the impacts that disasters have on you and your family through preparation. Know the risk of disasters in your area.
- Learn how to make your home stronger in the face of storms and other common hazards and act fast if you receive a local warning or alert.
Talk to your household about preparing for emergencies and what to do in case you are separated.
- Provide information about how they can prepare and get involved.