Prepare for tomorrow’s disaster todayWhat if you knew today was the day before a disaster? What if you knew something bad was going to happen in your community that would put the lives of your family and friends at risk? What would you do?
What if you knew today was the day before a disaster? What if you knew something bad was going to happen in your community that would put the lives of your family and friends at risk? What would you do?
You probably would get ready for that emergency. Maybe you would run to the store to get some last minute supplies or put a disaster kit together with items you really need such as food, water and a first aid kit. Maybe you would call your loved ones to make a plan to stay safe.
Of course, no one ever knows when disaster will strike. That’s what September Preparedness Month is all about. It’s about getting ready for all types of emergencies and disasters before they happen.
Disasters can happen anytime and anywhere, from severe weather like tornados and winter storms to chemical spills and other man-caused emergencies. This September, please prepare in the event your family must go for a few days without electricity, water service, access to a supermarket or pharmacy, or other local services. Just follow these three steps:
Get a kit
Keep enough emergency supplies on hand for you and your family — water, non-perishable food, first aid kit, prescriptions, flashlight and a battery-powered radio. If you own pets, remember to include their food and supplies.
Make a plan
Discuss and develop an emergency plan with your family.
Knowing the dangers and making good decisions can save your life.
The Ready Wisconsin website has more information on how to make an emergency supply kit on a budget, tips for creating your own emergency plan and commonly asked questions and answers about preparedness. Just go to: http://readywisconsin.wi.gov
Individuals and families are the most important members of the nation’s emergency management team. Being prepared can save precious time and save lives.