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Health Tips from the Mayor: September is National Preparedness Month

Posted: September 9, 2014

September is National Preparedness Month

During the month of September, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are encouraging Americans to support emergency preparedness efforts and to take action.

  • Be informed…learn what protective measures to take before, during, and after an emergency.
    Knowing what to do before, during and after an emergency is a critical part of being prepared and may make all the difference when seconds count.
  • Make a plan…prepare, plan and stay informed for emergencies.
    Plan in advance for how your family members will get to a safe place, how you will contact one another, how you will get back together and what you will do in different situations.
  • Build a kit…build a kit for disasters to be prepared.
    A disaster supplies kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency. Recommended items include water, at least a 3-day supply of non-perishable food, a battery-powered or hand crank radio, flashlight and extra batteries, first aid kit, a whistle, dust mask for contaminated air, moist towelettes, garbage bags, wrench or pliers, manual can opener, local maps and a cell phone with charger.

For more information, visit the ready.gov website.