September is National Preparedness Month. Do not let the month slip away without at least visiting the Ready.gov website at www.ready.gov.
Launched in 2003 and maintained by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Ready.gov is part of “a national public service advertising campaign designed to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies including natural and man-made disasters.”
A Spanish Language version of Ready.gov is available at www.listo.gov.
Ready.gov offers information on a wide-range of hazards facing Americans and provides tips on “what to do before, during and after an emergency.”
The site discusses the importance of advance planning for emergencies, including how to get to a safe place, plan for communication with others if separated and what to do in different situations.
Details for building and maintaining a disaster supply kit are provided at the site.
Since in an emergency basic supplies, including utilities, may be unavailable for extended periods of time, FEMA urges Americans to build a supply kit that will provide your own food, water and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least 72 hours.
At www.ready.gov/business, FEMA provides information for businesses on how to develop an all-hazards emergency preparedness program.
FEMA seeks to connect with young people, too, and get them involved in preparedness through youth-oriented materials available at www.ready.gov/kids.