You Prepared for Emergencies?
National Preparedness Month is a nationwide effort held each
September to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for
emergencies in their homes, businesses and schools. National
Preparedness Month 2007 is sponsored by the
U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
The goal of the month is to increase public awareness about the
importance of preparing for emergencies and to encourage individuals
to take action.
Here are a few steps that you can take right now to get prepared in
case of an emergency:
Get a Kit
- Get a kit of emergency supplies that will allow you and your
family to survive for at least three days in the event an emergency
happens. The kit should include basic items like water, food,
battery-powered radio, flashlight and a first aid kit. Go to
for a complete list of recommended supplies.
Make a Plan
- Plan in advance what you and your family will do in an emergency.
Your plan should include a communications plan and address
sheltering-in-place and evacuation. Go to
for more information and templates to help get you started.
- Learn more about different threats that could affect your
community and appropriate responses to them. Go to
for more information about natural disasters and potential terrorist
threats and visit
for more information about the emergency plans that have been
established in your area.
- After preparing yourself and your family for possible emergencies,
take the next step: get training in first aid and emergency response
and get involved in preparing your community. Citizen Corps provides
residents with opportunities to prepare, train and support local
emergency responders. For more information or to get involved visit
to find your local Citizen Corps council.
Take some time to stay informed about how to react to even unlikely
scenarios. You should be prepared to adapt this information to your
personal circumstances and make every effort to follow instructions
received from authorities on the scene.
To find specific, disaster and emergency-related supplies, we
recommend SOS Survival Products at www.sosproducts.com. This site
provides an emergency supply checklist along with a catalog of
emergency survival kits, first aid and trauma kits, shelter,
sanitation, and comfort supplies, communication and electrical
supplies, and much, much more. And, don't forget to check out our
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