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September is National Preparedness Month

Posted by Shivi Kakar

Sep 8, 2009 2:36:44 AM

Martha Hernandez

An effort to raise awareness - You never know when an emergency is going to happen. You must be and stay prepared for the unexpected at home, in school, at the workplace and in your community. Some emergencies which may happen: A Biological Threat , Blackouts, Earthquakes, Explosions, Fires, Floods, Hurricanes, Influenza Pandemic, Tornadoes, Wildfires, Winter Storms
Follow these simple steps for confidence during a disaster or crisis which may occur…

1. Create a kit of emergency supplies… (placing everything in a backpack is a great idea in case you have to evacuate quickly)

Items to include in your kit should be:

Copies of your important documents placed into a waterproof container
Birth certificates
Photo ids
Insurance cards
Copies of credit cards and ATM cards
Extra set of keys to your house and car
Cash or Traveler’s checks (stored in a waterproof container)
A week’s supply of medications and a list of the medications you take
Dosages, doctor’s names, doctor’s phone numbers
Flashlight and extra batteries
First aid kit
Battery operated radio and extra batteries
Bottled water and non-perishable food
Personal Toiletries

2. Create an emergency stash of Items to keep in your home (in case you are told to stay indoors)

Items to include should be:

Three days' supply of water
Rule of thumb: a total of one gallon per person per day = 3 gallons per person
Manual (non-electric) can opener
Three days' supply of canned, non-perishable, ready-to-eat food
Canned fruit, beans
Special Needs items:
Infant care items
Items for elderly family members
Items for relatives with disabilities
Items for your pets
Phone that does not require electricity

3. Make a plan – for you and your family

Determine and practice:

Where to go – where is your location to reunite
Church, school, or a community center are ideal public places?
How to find one another
** Each family member must carry contact information
Phone numbers for work, school and each family member
A name a phone number of a relative who lives out of state – they can become your main number to call in case you get separated
How to use different routes to get to your meeting place

4. Stay Informed

Learn what could happen where you live
Learn how to respond to different emergencies
Learn about the emergency plans that your community has set up

Topics: Emergency Response, H&S Training, Hazardous Waste Management, emergency response training, Fire Safety, Medical Records

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