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posted on September 10, 2010 08:59
September is National Preparedness Month: Are You Prepared?
 
National Preparedness Month is designed to encourage the public to be prepared for natural and man-made emergencies. Individuals, families, businesses, and communities can prepare for all disasters and hazards, including pandemic influenza, bioterrorism, and natural disasters (fires, floods, and power outages) by following a few simple steps.
 
Click on the links below to learn how you can be better prepared for an emergency:    
 
Get A Kit – An emergency kit includes the basics for survival: fresh water, food, clean air, and warmth. You should have enough supplies to survive for at least three days.
 
Make A Plan – Make plans with your family and friends in case you're not together during an emergency. Discuss how you'll contact each other, where you'll meet, and what you'll do in different situations.
 
Be Informed - Being prepared means staying informed. Check all types of media – Web sites, newspapers, radio, TV, mobile and land phones – for global, national and local information. During an emergency, your local Emergency Management or Emergency Services office will give you information on such things as open shelters and evacuation orders.
 
Get Involved - Look into taking first aid and emergency response training, participating in community exercises, and volunteering to support local first responders. Contact Citizens Corps, which coordinates activities to make communities safer, stronger and better prepared to respond to an emergency situation.
 
Are You Ready? Fact Sheets to Help Prepare for Emergencies
 
Work: How to get ready for an emergency at work (PDF) English or Spanish
 
Earthquakes: How to get ready for earthquakes (PDF) English or Spanish
 
Floods: How to get ready for floods (PDF) English or Spanish
 
Power outages: How to get ready for power outages (PDF) English or Spanish
 
Winter storms: How to get ready for a winter storm (PDF) English or Spanish