The month of September is National Preparedness Month and a time to think about what we need to do to get prepared for disasters and emergencies. For a month-by-month approach to getting prepared, check out the County Office of Emergency Services' Twelve Month Emergency Preparedness Calendar.
Every month focuses on just one aspect of getting prepared -- and breaks it down into small, easily doable steps. September's theme is: Being informed. You can download a fact sheet that outlines important ways to stay informed and also identifies challenges you may need to overcome. Good luck with your preparedness efforts -- it's worth the effort! http://bit.ly/emergencyppreparedness
Being prepared for disasters and emergencies can seem like a big job. Many people don't know where to start, so they never start at all. With Do 1 Thing you can take small steps that make a big difference in an emergency. Do 1 Thing is a 12-month program that makes it easy for you to prepare yourself, your family, and your community for emergencies or disasters.
January: 01 - Make a Plan(PDF) Understand what puts you at risk from disasters and take steps to lower your risk. February: 02 - Water Supplies(PDF) Have 72 hours (3 days) worth of water stored for your household. March: 03 - Sheltering(PDF) Know how to respond safely when instructions are given to evacuate or take shelter.
April: 04 - Emergency Food Supplies(PDF) Have an emergency food supply that will meet the needs of your household for three days without outside help.
May: 05 - Works School Community(PDF) Make sure the people who count on you are prepared for a disaster.
June: 06 - Family Needs(PDF) Be aware of and prepare for your family’s unique needs.
July: 07 - Family Communications Plan(PDF)
Have the ability to communicate with family members during a disaster.
August: 08 - Community Involvement(PDF) Make your community stronger by getting trained and getting involved.
September: 09 - Be Informed(PDF) Make sure everyone in your household can receive, understand, and act on information received in an emergency.
October: 10 - Electrical Power(PDF) Be able to safely meet your basic needs during an electrical outage.
November: 11 - Emergency Supplies(PDF) Remember important items that may be overlooked when leaving your home in a disaster.
December: 12 - First Aid(PDF) Be prepared to give first aid while waiting for an ambulance.