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Plan Ahead for Disasters

Posted by on August 14th, 2018 Posted in: Children and Teens, Emergency Preparedness

September is National Preparedness Month and provides an opportunity to remind us that we all must prepare ourselves and our families now and throughout the year. This NPM will focus on planning, with an overarching theme: Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.

Take time to learn lifesaving skills − such as CPR and first aid, check your insurance policies and coverage for the hazards you may face, such as flood, earthquakes, and tornadeos. Make sure to consider the costs associated with disasters and save for an emergency. Also, know how to take practical safety steps like shutting off water and gas.

Ready.gov has provided weekly themes throughout the month of September including the National Day of Action on September 15. Videos, social media, graphics are all provided to help you and your communities to be better prepared in advance.

Here are this year’s weekly themes:

  • Week 1: Sept 1-8           Make and Practice Your Plan
  • Week 2: Sept 9-15         Learn Life Saving Skills
  • Week 3: Sept 16-22       Check Your Insurance Coverage
  • Week 4: Sept 23-29       Save For an Emergency

In addition, Ready.gov provides information for youth to know that they too can play an important role before and during a disaster.

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Carolyn Martin is the Consumer Health Coordinator for the NNLM Pacific Northwest Region. She works with various libraries and community organizations to increase health literacy in their communities.

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