Use these tips to stay prepared!
National Preparedness Month brings forward the need to be prepared for natural disasters that can strike a community, at any time.
In order to be prepared, you need to know what kind of disasters affect the area you live in.
Ways to Be Prepared:
Ready.gov's theme is “Take Control in 1, 2, 3.” This year's focus is on older adults being prepared for extreme weather events and emergencies. The three steps to become more prepared are:
- Have an emergency kit/ to-go bag stocked and ready at all times. Kits should include medical supplies, non-perishable food, water bottles, and anything else that could be used in an emergency. The bags should be accessible and accommodating for everyone in the residence. You can purchase a pre-made kit or make one yourself.
- Sign up to receive emergency alerts.
- Become CPR, First Aid, and AED trained!
- Make an evacuation plan and discuss it with everyone living in the home.
- Stay Organized.
1. Assess your Needs - This means keeping the items, medications, etc. that you need during emergencies. It varies, of course, as everyone has different needs. Assessing what's most important is for everyone in your family, including pets. It's the needs that will keep your family safe during disasters.
2. Make a Plan - Knowing the next steps to take during an emergency are part of being prepared. Making a plan can involve meeting spots and evacuation areas. A plan also allows for organization during a chaotic time.
3. Engage your Support Network - Get to know your neighbors and community leaders. They can be your support network before, during, and after a disaster.