National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month, which encourages individuals, families, and communities to focus on planning for disasters. A disaster can strike at any moment, but being prepared can make a difference in your safety and recovery. Benefits.gov encourages you to take actions at home, work, and/or school to be more prepared in the event of an emergency.

Ready.gov, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, outlines four steps for creating an emergency plan:

  1. Start by figuring out:
    1. How you will receive emergency alerts
    2. Your shelter plans
    3. Your evacuation routes
    4. How you will communicate with your family/household
  2. Consider the needs of your household, including dietary needs, the various ages of your family members, pets, etc.
  3. Fill out a Family Emergency Plan
  4. Practice your plan with your family

Find out which types of disasters could affect your area by reviewing a list of potential disasters provided by Ready.gov.

Hurricane season is June 1 to November 30. If you live in a hurricane area, take time now to prepare before a hurricane occurs. Ready.gov advises having an emergency kit prepared with enough supplies for at least 10 days. A basic emergency kit should include:

  • Water
  • Non-perishable food and a manual can opener
  • Flashlights and extra batteries
  • First aid kit

To print out a checklist to build your kit, please visit the Federal Emergency Management Agency website. 

If you have been affected by a disaster, visit the Benefits.gov Disaster Relief category for information on disaster assistance programs.

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