September is National Preparedness Month

Putting together a family preparedness plan for disasters or emergencies can serve you well in any circumstance. Whether you are facing a severe weather event, a fire in your home, a hazardous materials incident in the neighborhood, or any other emergency, it’s a good idea to plan in advance.

  • Talk to your family members about preparedness and how to respond calmly to emergencies.
  • Discuss what you would need to do to shelter in place, leave your home or evacuate your city.
  • Identify two meeting places, one near your home and one away from the neighborhood in the event family members cannot return to the house.
  • Post emergency phone numbers beside the telephone.
  • Teach children how to call 911.
  • Choose a friend or relative out-of-state whom all family members will telephone to check in. The out-of-state contact can relay messages.
  • When evacuating, notify relatives and friends about your plans. Be familiar with designated evacuation routes leading out of town.
  • Draw a home floor plan and choose at least two escape routes. Make sure you know how to shut off the water, gas and electricity.
  • Keep an emergency supply kit, including water, non-perishable food, important documents, radio and flashlight with extra batteries, extra eyeglasses, medications and special needs products for babies and the elderly.
  • Make plans for family members or neighbors with special needs
  • Make plans for care of pets.

Preparing in advance for all types of emergencies and disasters the Ready Campaign's websites (ready.gov and listo.gov) and toll-free numbers (1-800-BE-READY and 1-888-SE-LISTO) provide free emergency preparedness information and resources available in English and Spanish.

BE INFORMED – MAKE A PLAN – BUILD A KIT

Join the Los Ranchos Citizen Corps at the inaugural Community Preparedness event on Saturday, September 7, 2013 from 8am-noon at the Growers' Market where we'll more fully explore these concepts and more.

Posted on August 16, 2013 .