Monday, September 8, 2014

September is National Emergency Preparedness Month

In 2009, the Citizen Corps National Survey revealed that only 57% of Americans surveyed report having supplies set aside in their homes just for disasters, and only 44% have a household emergency plans. In an effort to spread awareness nationwide, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has declared September as National Emergency Preparedness Month. Here are some ways you can encourage your employees, family members, and yourself to be better prepared for emergency situations:

1. Build a basic disaster supply kit:
When faced with an emergency, this kit will serve as your first line of defense. You kit should be tailored to the needs of your household/business, but should also include the following items:
  • Water and non-perishable food
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Cell phone with charger or solar charger
  • Weather radio with extra batteries
2. Enable wireless alerts on your mobile device
Wireless alerts are a quick and easy way for officials to inform the public during an emergency. These notifications appear in the form of a text message and require no additional downloads or subscriptions. These messages will appear to alert you of:
  • Extreme weather
  • AMBER alerts
  • Presidential Alerts during a national emergency
3. Form a Family Emergency Plan for you, your families, and your employees.
This plan should include instructions about where you will meet, both inside and outside of your neighborhood. How you will contact each other as well as any other situation-specific instructions. You should also aim to run family evacuation drills similar to those performed in school or at your workplace to make sure everyone is comfortable with the emergency plan.

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