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Think. Prepare. Act: Emergency Preparedness Month

emergency kitSubmitted by Champion, Tricia Wadleigh, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, CMC/DHK

Failing to prepare is preparing to fail. Everyone prepares in various ways each and every day. Some people prepare a lunch to bring to work or school. People prepare for a long drive by putting gas in their vehicle. Preparing is not something new.  There are just multiple ways to look at preparing.

Everyone owes it to themselves, their families, and communities to be personally prepared. If everyone practices personal preparedness, it would create a much more resilient population.  Everyone should strive to have an emergency kit of supplies for three days. For example: 1 gallon of water per person per day, non-perishable food (hand crank can opener if needed), flashlight, batteries, radio, sanitary supplies, first-aid kit, etc. An emergency kit can be very useful if evacuation was needed with very little notice and can also be a big support if sheltering in place is needed. If a road is washed out and power is out, you can use those supplies to stay hydrated and safe while power and transportation are being restored. Being personally prepared prevents first responders from needing to travel through dangerous conditions to save members of the community that would otherwise be fine on their own, if they had a few simple supplies.

In honor of Emergency Preparedness Month in September, and always, it is important to keep your family, friends, and loved ones safe during any disaster or emergency. Remember to get a kit, make a plan, be informed and get involved. You never know when a disaster can hit and you can never be too prepared!

Interested in becoming more involved in your community? Pledge to prepare today and join the National Preparedness Coalition to connect, collaborate and empower yourself to help keep your community safe! Belong to an organization? Check out ways to help plan for and keep your business prepared.