September is National Preparedness Month

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September is National Preparedness Month. Sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), this event is a nationwide, month-long effort to encourage households, businesses and communities to prepare and plan for emergencies. Emergencies come in all shapes and sizes and can affect one person or millions of people. Having a basic preparedness plan goes a long way in protecting individuals, families and communities. Knowing what your risks may be and creating a communications plan for all types of emergencies provides the best protection for you, your family and your business.

“After an emergency strikes is the worst time to say ‘I wish we had…’ or ‘we could really use…’” said Tony Lembo, president of SafetyMax Corporation. “It is never too soon to make sure you are prepared for the next emergency, the next disaster. We applaud FEMA for setting aside the month of September to educate and encourage Americans to prepare for disasters that can strike anytime, anywhere.”

Lembo encourages everyone to take this month to evaluate their current plan and make sure they have on hand all the supplies necessary to survive at least 72 hours. Preparing for an emergency starts with these four important steps:

  1. Be aware of emergencies: Stay aware of different emergencies that may affect you. Access the website www.ready.gov to know what’s important for you and others when an emergency might occur.
  2. Get an emergency supply kit: A basic emergency kit should include first aid supplies and food & water in sufficient quantity for at least 72 hours. Make sure to check this kit regularly to make sure it is sufficiently stocked and that supplies have not expired.
  3. Make an emergency plan and communicate it: A plan on paper is just that. Discuss and identify the responsibilities of each team member about how to respond to emergencies. By having an emergency preparedness plan you save time and life during real situations.
  4. Get trained: Designate and train a sufficient number of employees; this team should know how to properly respond and what equipment and supplies they will need in the event of any emergency.

For more information about National Preparedness Month, how you can get involved and to find opportunities to support your community’s preparedness activities, visit www.community.fema.gov.

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