National Preparedness Month: Don't Wait, Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.

Sep 1, 2016

September is recognized as National Preparedness Month, and this year’s theme is “Don’t Wait, Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.” The goal of this month is to remind everyone to take action now—and continuously throughout the year—to prepare for emergency situations. The Department of Homeland Security has an entire toolkit of resources available to help you plan and prepare. Here are some highlights:

Pack a basic emergency supply kit with the following items:

  • One gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation

  • At least a three-day supply of non-perishable food

  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both

  • Flashlight and extra batteries

  • First aid kit

  • Whistle to signal for help

  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape

  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation

  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities

  • Manual can opener

  • Local maps

  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger

Build an Emergency Kit

FEMA/Jana Baldwin

Make a plan for what you and your family will do in an emergency. Develop a system for how you will contact one another if you are apart during the emergency, and know potential meeting places depending on where the disaster strikes. Stay alert for updates and announcements from public officials and organizations. Consider downloading the FEMA mobile app or signing up for FEMA text message alerts.

This month is a great time to go over your terminal's or office's plan for emergency situations. Also, remember to follow the Megasafe5 Rules of Working Safely to conduct your job safely each and every day.