Disaster Preparedness Month
September is recognized as National Preparedness Month, and efforts are already underway to help people across the country prepare themselves for all types of disasters, both natural, and terrorism related.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the State of Indiana are taking steps to raise awareness for disaster preparedness, and they have offered several good tips for anyone looking to help with this effort, or become prepared themselves, because kids, adults, seniors and even pets need to have a plan in place.
Here are a few of the great tips they offer:
- Bookmark weather.gov to stay informed on severe weather.
- Learn about Wireless Emergency Alerts, messages that will be sent to your phone during an emergency.
- Get practical tips on preparing for disaster at ready.gov.
- Prepare a disaster supply kit with at least three days of food and water.
- Create a Family Emergency Plan, so that your family knows how to communicate during an emergency.
- If you have elderly relatives or neighbors, make sure that they get any assistance or help they may need if a storm hits.
- If you have pets, make sure that you are able to keep them safe, dry and fed during a storm or disaster.
- Obtain a NOAA Weather Radio.
For a full list of tips and ways to help others become prepared for any type of disaster, you can read the full article from NOAA.
In light of recent disasters suffered in our country, emergency preparedness plans have become mandatory in all schools and child care centers, but according to a new study released by Save The Children, as many as 21 states are not compliant with these safety standards.
Indiana is sadly among those 21 states, with our state only meeting 2 out of the 4 safety standards for these facilities. Although improvements are being made, Indiana still has a way to go before being prepared to protect our children in the face of a disaster. You can read the full report on this issue from USA Today.
We encourage all of our readers and clients to take these steps seriously and prepare themselves for all types of emergencies. It never hurts to be prepared, and you never know when a little extra effort now might save your life later.
Help us spread the news about disaster preparedness this month, and you could save more than your own life! Share this information with your friends and family on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media outlets to help us in this life saving effort!