September is “NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH!”
- You Be the Hero -
In case of emergency, you'll need to take the necessary precautions to protect yourself, your family and property. Disaster can strike without warning requiring you to evacuate your neighborhood or in some cases confine you to your home. Preparing in advance by learning what hazards may affect your community and learning about how to deal with these hazards is an important part of emergency preparedness. Remember this is your responsibility!
Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA)
You can receive important lifesaving alerts on your phone no matter where you are – at home, at school, or at work. Alerts received at the right time can help keep you safe in an emergency. Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) send free text messages to WEA enabled cell phones within range of an imminent and dangerous local situation, severe weather event, or AMBER alert. They are sent by authorized government authorities through your mobile carrier. WEA warnings can be sent to your mobile device when you may be in harms way, without need to download an app or subscribe to a service. The WEA notification is designed to get your attention and notify you with a unique sound and vibration. When you receive an alert, take action and check local broadcasts for more information. You will even receive WEA notifications when you are visiting another city or outside of the area where your phone is registered. You do not need to register to receive WEA notifications. You will automatically receive alerts if you have a WEA capable phone and your wireless carrier participates in the program. To find out if your mobile device is capable of receiving alerts visit: http://www.ctia.org/consumer_info/safety/index.cfm/AID/12082 For more information on this topic visit: www.ready.gov/alerts.
See the Severe Weather tab to sign up for local alerts.
MAKE A PLAN
It is important to sit down prior to an emergency to plan for what everyone should do and where they should go. In general, families should plan for sheltering in their home or evacuating their home depending on the type of emergency. Please remember to take into consideration any family members that have special needs or pets that need to be cared for. Below are some links that offer great sample and guidance of items that need to be considered. Keep it simple. Remember to test your plan, in order to know what you have put together works, you need to test it.
Family and Individual Resources
Family Plan Template
Planning for family members with disabilities
Planning for our senior citizens
Planning for your pets
Disaster Planning with Kids! www.ready.gov/kids
Since a disaster or emergency can arrive at anytime, you will need to have some items on hand to get you and your family through until the emergency is over. At times this task can be overwhelming and prevents individuals from successfully completing or even starting all together. Like anything else, it is easier to do a few things at a time. Below is a recommended list of items one should consider. The website www.do1thing.com is a great source to keep you on task. Do1Thing breaks up the tasks so that over a period of time you can build up a great preparedness kit and shows you its not something that needs to be done overnight.