The theme this year is “Disasters Don’t Wait, Make Your Plan Today” and asks citizens to take action now. Take time to make a plan, build an emergency kit and prepare for hazards, like floods, that might impact your community. Check your insurance coverage to see if they cover those hazards. Be financially prepared. If you can, put aside some extra cash to save for an emergency. Save by growing and canning your own food. Keep take out plastic dinnerware, napkins, and condiment packages for your emergency kit. Stock up on canned food when they are on sale.
Educate and involve youth in preparedness too. Make it fun! Have them do a scavenger hunt for items in the house you may already have to put into your family emergency kit. Know how to take practical safety steps like shutting off water and gas. As our nation continues to respond to COVID-19, there is no better time to be involved than this September.
• Week 2: Sept. 6-12 Build a Kit
• Week 3: Sept. 13-19 Prepare for Disasters (Flood & Financial Prep)
• Week 4: Sept. 20-26 Teach Youth about Preparedness