National Preparedness Month

Is your family able to get by without power, heat or working phones? How about shelter or access to transportation? Disasters can strike at any time and can have a number of impacts. The best way to keep your loved ones safe is to be prepared. This September, we encourage you to follow these tips and recommendations:

Family Evacuating Home

Make a Plan 

In an emergency like a fire, you may have as little as two minutes to safely escape your home. It is essential for you to have an escape plan. Everyone should know two exits out of each room and where your family meeting place is outside of your house.  Smoke detectors save lives! You should also have working smoke detectors in EVERY bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home. Test your smoke detectors once a month, change your batteries twice a year and replace all of the smoke detectors in your home every ten years.  

Winter Storm

Be Prepared Before the Storm Strikes! 

Fall and winter months means the potential for wind, ice, snow, rain and other hazardous conditions that can cause loss of power, heat, transportation and other essential needs. Prepare for whatever mother nature may throw our way! Winterize your vehicle and stock up on emergency supplies so that you and your family can get buy for several days if a winter storm or emergency strikes.

Emergency Kit

12 Months to Preparedness 

Is your emergency kit fully stocked and ready with two weeks' worth of food, water and supplies for everyone in your home? Don't worry! You do not need to purchase everything all at once, and you probably have many of the supplies you need right at home! Pick one to two items to add to your emergency kit each month, and store everything in a dry and easy to access place.

Family sitting together at table

Youth Preparedness, Involve the Whole Family!

Are you looking for activities to do with your family this fall? Teach your kids how to communicate in an emergency. Phone systems often fail during a disaster. Text messages seem to work best, as well as contacting someone who lives out of state (away from the incident). Practice having your family text one another, and reach out to a designated out of state contact.

You can also have everyone in your home build their own emergency kit, complete with food, water and supplies! Make it a fun-filled activity or game and explain how it will help them. Check out the online Build a Kit Game today!