September is National Preparedness Month: Make a Plan!

photoMany of us, as well as our friends and family, remember the terrible effects as well as kind neighborly efforts Superstorm Sandy and other weather emergencies have had on our communities. Have you allowed those memories to encourage creating your own disaster preparation to keep your family and neighbors safer should another storm devastate New Jersey? How about plans about where to go and how to get there should you be separated from your loved ones during an emergency? According to FEMA, 50% of Americans have not discussed or developed an emergency plan for family members about where to go and what to do in the event of a local disaster. Let’s lower that percentage this September!

In the tradition of “putting on your own oxygen mask first,” please heed the following advice, and then SPREAD THE WORD during National Preparedness Month! Ready.gov has fantastic information in both Spanish and English.

Watch this 30 second PSA to help understand why making a plan is so important.

Create a family emergency plan — and discuss it with your children and partner! Communicating with neighbors, friends and family when a disaster occurs is important. How will you get in touch with each other? Where will you meet? It’s important to make a plan now so that you will know what to do, how to find each other, and how to communicate in an emergency.

The ad shows the stark reality of what can happen when you don’t have an emergency plan in place. Need ideas for an emergency communication plan? Ready.gov has ideas! Go here —> Make a Plan

Want ways to help children remember the plan? Download printable family communications plans for your children here: http://www.ready.gov/kids/make-a-plan

Ready.gov/Prepare also has specific information about the hazards you may face from natural disasters such as Hurricanes, Floods, Earthquakes, Tornados, Wildfires and Winter Storms as well as tips about how to prepare.

Not ready to make a plan yet? Consider this: The more prepared we are for emergencies, the more we can reach out and assist our neighbors and others in deeper need.

Be a good neighbor: Prepare for the worst while hoping for the best!

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