Thursday, September 6, 2012
September is National Preparedness Month and it is time to get prepared if you are not. Having an emergency kit could be the difference between life and death in an emergency situation. In any large emergency, police, fire and rescue may not always be able to reach you quickly, such as if trees and power lines are down. The most important thing you can do to help local responders is plan to take care of yourself and your family for at least three days without electricity, water service, access to supermarket or other local services. To prepare, follow these four steps:
Stay informed. Get free information on what to do before, during and after emergencies at the City’s Office of Emergency Management, www.ReadyVirginia.gov, and www.ListoVirginia.gov. Stay aware of changing weather conditions by monitoring local media reports. Get a battery-powered and/or hand-crank radio with a weather band so you can hear emergency information when the power is out.
Make a plan. Discuss, agree on and document an emergency plan with those in your care. For sample plans, visit the Office of Emergency Management, www.ReadyVirginia.gov, and www.Ready.gov.
Build a Kit. Keep enough emergency supplies on hand for you and those in your care. Start with non-perishable food and water, and then add first aid, prescriptions, flashlights and batteries. Remember supplies for children, those with special needs and pets.
Get Involved: Before a disaster happens, the whole community can get involved in programs and activities to make families, homes and businesses safer from risks and threats. Check with local emergency managers, first responder agencies and volunteer organizations for training opportunities.
Be confident that you have prepared your family for the unexpected! To learn more about National Preparedness Month and to join the National Coalition of people and organizations who have pledged to prepare in September, visit www.Ready.gov.
Posted by Office of the Press Secretary to the Mayor at 4:58 PM