Living in the south has it blessings and challenges. Severe weather like hurricanes and tornadoes are something we monitor with a worried eye and sometimes we do have to batten down the hatches for a storm system that is headed our way.
That being said, September is National Preparedness Month and we wondered how prepared you’d be in the event of a disaster or emergency.
Back in February of 2003, FEMA created a great resource called Ready which is a national public service advertising (PSA) campaign designed to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies including natural and man-made disasters.
The goal of the campaign is to get the public involved and ultimately to increase the level of basic preparedness across the nation by being an active participant in the planning of your safety.
Ready encourages you to:
- Be Informed – Know your risks and learn what protective measure to take before, during and after an emergency.
- Make a Plan – Prepare, plan and stay informed of emergencies. (Important numbers to call, where to meet, etc.)
- Build a Kit – Create a basic needs kit for disasters to be prepared. (First aid, water, medicines, etc.)
- Get Involved – Find opportunities to support community preparedness. (America’s Prepareathon, Citizen Corps, Flat Stanley)
Here is a great video that covers the basics, but after watching it, spend some time together reviewing the Ready website to craft a plan that works best for you and your family. They have a ton of great planning tools to help you.