This September marked the ten-year anniversary of 9/11 and we ask you to take time to remember those lost as well as time to make sure you are prepared for future emergencies.
September is National Preparedness Month (NPM), which was founded after 9/11 to increase preparedness in the U.S. It is a time to prepare yourself and those in your care for an unexpected emergency.
If you’ve seen the news recently, you know that emergencies can happen unexpectedly in communities just like ours, to people like you. We’ve seen tornado outbreaks, river floods and flash floods, historic earthquakes, tsunamis, and even water main breaks and power outages in affecting millions of people for days at a time.
This September, please prepare and plan in the event you must go for three days without electricity, water service, access to a supermarket, or local services for several days. Just follow these three steps:
1. Get a Kit: Keep enough emergency supplies on hand for you and those in your care – water, non-perishable food, first aid, prescriptions, flashlight, battery-powered radio – for a checklist of supplies visit Ready.gov.
2. Make a Plan: Discuss, agree on, and document an emergency plan with those in your care. For sample plans, see Ready.gov. Work together with neighbors, colleagues and others to build community resilience.
3. Be Informed: Free information is available to assist you from federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial resources.
You can find preparedness information by:
Accessing Ready.gov to learn what to do before, during, and after an emergency
Contacting CCFR to get essential information on specific hazards to your area, local plans for shelter and evacuation, ways to get information before and during an emergency, and how to sign up for emergency alerts if they are available
In a disaster situation downed tree or power lines may delay CCFRs response. The most important step you can take is being able to help yourself and your neighbors; the more people who are prepared, the quicker the community will recover. You can learn more about how you can help in an area disaster by participating in our CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) program.
Being prepared can save precious time if there is a need to respond to an emergency. For more information on National Preparedness Month and for help getting prepared, visit Ready.gov or call 1-800-BE-READY, 1-888-SE-LISTO, and TTY 1-800-462-7585 for free information.
This September: A Time to Remember. A Time to Prepare.