Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Ready-Set-Go

So what comes to mind for you when you hear the word preparedness?  It’s a word that seems to be used a lot more frequently than ever and in short it means being prepared.  Being prepared is nothing unusual.  Whether you are setting up a room for a new baby or simply gathering things for your daily life, you’re preparing.  Since this month is National Preparedness Month, we want you to think bigger.

 The Federal Emergency Management Agency uses the month of September to push out their Be A Hero, Preparing Means Caring campaign.  They encourage everyone – families, communities and business – to think about the “what if” and prepare for those “what if” emergencies.  Disasters like the tornado in Moore, Oklahoma, this summers flooding and super storm Sandy prove that people need to be ready – be prepared.

 This year’s campaign focuses on FEMA’s baseline for emergency preparedness with four simple steps:

 1. Be informed about emergencies that could happen in your community, and identify sources of local information that will be helpful before, during and after an emergency.

2. Make a plan for what to do in an emergency.

3. Build an emergency supply kit.

4. Get involved

We agree with FEMA, preparedness is a shared responsibility; it takes a whole community.  We encourage you to take part, start thinking about “what if” and then get ready.
 
Visit www.fema.gov for more information and resources.