September is National Preparedness Month

by Tina Jaycox

With Hurricane Harvey causing record flooding in The Lone Star State and Hurricane Irma heading toward Florida, this is very timely.

This September, National Preparedness Month (NPM) will focus on planning, with an overarching theme “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.”

We should all take action to prepare! We are all able to help first responders in our community by training on how to respond during an emergency and what to do when disaster strikes where we live, work, and visit. The goal of NPM is to increase the overall number of individuals, families, and communities that engage in preparedness actions at home, work, business, school, and place of worship.

Week 1: September 1-9
Make a Plan for Yourself, Family, and Friends

Make an Emergency Plan.
Sign up for alerts and warnings in your area
Learn your evacuation zone and have an evacuation plan.
Check your insurance coverage and review the Document and Insure Property guide.
Plan financially for the possibility of disaster.

Most importantly, be prepared and stay safe!

 

Contributed by:
Jill Asch, MPH, CIH
jasch@hillmannconsulting.com
Hillmann Consulting, LLC