September is National Preparedness Month

The Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management encourages individuals and families to plan and prepare for disasters throughout the year.  For those who don’t have a plan, now is the perfect time to start.  September is National Preparedness Month (NPM).  This year’s theme is: Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.

NPM is designed to raise awareness and to encourage everyone to prepare themselves for emergencies that could impact their homes, their businesses, their schools and communities.

Additional NPM Actions to Prepare Now:

  • Organize disaster supply kits for your home and vehicles. A supply kit is a collection of basic items your household may need, in the event of an emergency. Most items in a basic kit are inexpensive and easy to find. And you might already have a lot of the items in your home. After a disaster happens, you may need to survive on your own for several days. Your disaster kits should have enough food, water, and other essential items to sustain everyone in your home (including pets) for at least three days.
  • Take time to learn life-saving skills – actions you can take to prepare for and protect against disasters and severe weather events. Install smoke, carbon monoxide and natural gas detectors and test them monthly. Know how to turn off utilities, like water and gas. Talk to your landlord or building manager about evacuation routes and fire safety.  Know two ways out of your home in case of a fire and practice evacuation plans.
  • Check your insurance policies and coverage for the hazards that might impact your home or community, such as flooding, tornadoes or home fires.
  • Consider the costs associated with disasters. Consider saving money in an emergency savings account that could be used in any crisis. Keep a small amount of cash at home in a safe place. Have small bills on hand because ATMs and credit cards may not work after a disaster when you may need to purchase necessary supplies, fuel or food.

For information on preparedness, visit:  mcohio.org/departments/emergency_management