Since 2004, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the national Ready Campaign have promoted National Preparedness Month (NPM) every September. National Preparedness Month encourages Americans to take steps to prepare for all types of emergencies and strives to increase the overall number of people, families and communities that engage in preparedness actions.
The most recent data from the Red Cross, though, reveals that despite 8 out of 10 Americans feeling unprepared for a catastrophic event, only 1 in 10 has taken the following appropriate preparedness steps: 1) Create a family emergency plan. 2) Stock an emergency supply and first-aid kit. 3) Train in basic first aid. An easy place to start when getting prepared is to put together a disaster supply kit. A few examples of what a basic disaster supplies kit should include are the following recommended items:
- Three-day supply of one gallon of water per person per day
- Three-day supply of nonperishable food
- NOAA Weather Radio
- First-aid Kit
- Dust mask
- Wrench or Pliers
- Local Maps
For more recommended items please visit the National Preparedness Month websites Build A Kit section. Remember, you can’t plan when a disaster will occur, but you can plan ahead to be prepared if and when a disaster does strike. This September, take time to learn more about National Preparedness Month and take the suggested steps to become properly prepared. For more information, please visit the National Preparedness Month website.