I don’t think National Preparedness Month could come at a better time for those of us on the East Coast. We recently experienced an earthquake and a hurricane all in one week….talk about a wake up call! It doesn’t matter where you are though it is always a good idea to be prepared.
September is National Preparedness Month and this year, NPM will focus on A Time to Remember, A Time to Prepare and will help Americans understand what it truly means to be ready for emergencies that may arise at home, at work or in the world. Preparedness goes beyond fire alarms, smoke detectors, dead-bolt locks, and extra food in the pantry. Being Ready includes: preparing an emergency supply kit, making a family emergency plan, being informed about emergencies and their appropriate responses, and getting involved in community efforts.
Did you know?
- Only 57% of people report that they have readiness items set aside in their homes for use in a disaster*
- Just 34% of people have readiness supplies in their car*
- Less than half of households have an emergency plan and yet…*
- 42% of individuals report that they would need help during a disaster*
For more information about NPM and access materials and resources you may need to prepare for and respond to emergencies throughout the year, visit the Ready Web site, www.ready.gov.