The idea behind the September observation of National Preparedness month is to encourage individuals to take important steps to prepare for emergencies. Individuals and families need to be aware of the types of emergencies that may affect them in order to create a useful emergency supply kit, make a family emergency plan, and become engaged in the preparation of their community. National Preparedness Month is sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
There is an abundance of resources available online to assist with information one may need to consider while planning for emergencies. Please see the resources listed at the end of this article for links to that information.
Some of the many considerations for an emergency plan can include:
- How will you receive emergency alerts and warnings?
- What is your shelter plan?
- What is your evacuation route?
- What is your family communication plan?
- How do you need to update your plans or preparations with regarded to COVID-19?
- Medications and medical equipment
- Dietary needs
- Pets or service animals
- Devices and equipment for the disabled
- Battery and electronics charging backups
- Reviewing and updating insurance coverage
- Protecting critical documents and valuables
- First aid supplies
Take time this month to consider or update your family’s plans for emergencies.