If an emergency happened right now, what would you do? Where would you go? Who would you call?
September is National Preparedness Month, a national initiative created to help people prepare for unexpected disasters. Nobody expects a natural disaster, terrorist attack, or other emergency, but something as small as a phone tree or pack of water bottles can make all the difference. Prepare for the unexpected with these tips for National Preparedness Month.
Prepare Your People
The most important thing during any disaster is ensuring your family and friends are safe. Planning for any eventuality will keep your loved ones safer and provide peace of mind in the event of an emergency. Follow these tips to prepare your family and friends for a disaster:
- Make a plan for contacting your loved ones during a disaster
- Determine when and where to meet in the event that you’re not together
- Talk to your kids about what to do if there’s an emergency situation at school
- Make an emergency plan for the whole family, and practice executing it
- Prepare for any special needs of your family or friends
- Make sure older relatives have a secure digital copy of their medical information in case you’re separated during a disaster
Prepare Your Community
Once you’ve ensured your family’s safety, there may be steps you can take to assist your neighbors and local community. Prepare for unexpected disasters by:
- Making a plan with your neighborhood
- Learning about the emergency responses setup by communities near Atlanta
- Donate, assist, or give thanks to first responders in Northeast Atlanta
- Volunteer with local disaster relief organizations
When it comes down to it, you’re your last line of defense. Guaranteeing your own safety allows you to help others in the event of an emergency. Prepare yourself for a disaster by:
- Stockpiling nonperishable foods (such as canned goods, boxes of granola bars, and bottles of water) in the garage
- Making an emergency kit for your home and car
- Ensuring you’ll have necessities like medications, glasses, etc if disaster strikes
- Gathering a backup power source and other helpful items like blankets, flashlights, and flares to use in the event of an emergency
- Learning the appropriate actions and safety tips you’ll need in the event of an emergency
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