National Preparedness Month (NPM) starts on September 1st! This year’s theme is "Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare".

Be Disaster Aware - Take Action to Prepare

Preparing Makes Sense.

The likelihood that you and your family will survive a house fire depends as much on having a working smoke detector and an exit strategy, as on a well-trained fire department. The same is true for surviving a terrorist attack or other emergency. We must have the tools and plans in place to make it on our own, at least for a period of time, no matter where we are when disaster strikes. Just like having a working smoke detector, preparing for the unexpected makes sense.

Get Ready Now.

Recommended Supplies to Include in a Basic Kit:

  • Water one gallon per person per day, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered radio and extra batteries
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First Aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Filter mask or cotton t-shirt, to help filter the air
  • Moist towelettes for sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Unique family needs, such as daily prescription medications, infant formula or diapers, and important family documents
Prepare For Emergencies Now195.09 KB
Family Communication Plan1.12 MB

Published on August 29, 2014