September is National Preparedness Month. The 2014 National Preparedness Month theme is “Be Disaster Aware….Take Action to Prepare!” During the month of September, you will receive information via the Daily Bulletin to help you increase your emergency preparedness awareness.
A disaster supply kit is a collection of basic items your household or workplace may need in the event of an emergency. Try to assemble your kit well in advance of an emergency. You may have to evacuate at a moment’s notice and take essentials with you. You will probably not have time to search for the supplies you need or shop for them.
You may need to survive on your own after an emergency. This means having your own food, water and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least 72 hours. Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster but they cannot reach everyone immediately. You could get help in hours or it may take days.
Additionally, basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment and telephones may be cut off for days or even a week, or longer. Your supply kit should contain items to help you manage during these outages.
FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) has a wonderful checklist online to assist you with preparing your Basic Emergency Supply Kit. You should also consider having at least two emergency supply kits…..one full kit at home and a smaller portable kit in your workplace, vehicle or other places you spend time.
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