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It’s National Preparedness Month

Posted by on September 4th, 2018

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“Arson Photo” by Benjamin Kerensa via unsplash.com, September 5, 2017. CCO

September is National Preparedness month.  Disasters can be devastating and our region has certainly experienced this firsthand.  What can you do to prepare?

FEMA has offered the following tips:

  • Make and practice your family’s preparedness plan so your family knows how to reconnect and reunite when an emergency strikes.
  • Learn life safety skills. Neighbors and coworkers are often the first to take action immediately after a disaster strikes. Train to be a citizen responder through CPR and first aid training or learn how to be the help until help arrives.
  • Check your insurance coverage. Most homeowner’s insurance policies do not cover damage or losses from flooding, earthquakes, or high winds in hurricane-prone areas. If you’re not insured against those hazards, talk to your insurance agent.
  • Save for an emergency. Anticipate initial out-of-pocket disaster expenses for lodging, food, gas, and more. A 2016 survey by the Federal Reserve revealed that 44 percent of Americans indicated they would not have enough money to cover a $400 emergency expense.

Each week this month has a focus:

  • September 1—8: Make and Practice Your Plan
  • September 9—15: Learn Life Saving Skills
  • September 16—22: Check Your Coverage
  • September 23—29: Save for an Emergency

There are some great resources that can be beneficial if the worst does happen.

WISER:  This tool is best utilized by first responders and first receivers in hazardous material incidents.  This system provides a substantial scope of information on hazardous substances.

CHEMM:  This tool gives guidance in planning, response, and recovery when faced with a chemical mass casualty incident.

REMM:  This tool can be used to assist with clinical diagnosis and treatment of radiation injuries if a  radiological and/or nuclear emergency was to occur.

You can also visit the website of the Disaster Information Management Research Center to view additional resources.  They have some great tools to assist with disaster preparation!

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