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Plan for Emergencies during National Preparedness Month

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Disasters don’t plan ahead but you can. September is National Preparedness Month and we all have a responsibility to make sure that we are ready if and when an emergency happens. How can you do your part? Have a plan for yourself and your family; look out for neighbors who may need help; encourage others to prepare; and stay aware and informed.

Disasters don’t plan ahead but you can. September is National Preparedness Month and we all have a responsibility to make sure that we are ready if and when an emergency happens. How can you do your part? Have a plan for yourself and your family; look out for neighbors who may need help; encourage others to prepare; and stay aware and informed.

Step one: Make a Plan
Put together a plan and talk about it with your family. If you must evacuate, where will you go? What will you take? How will you get there? Sounds simple enough but it’s a lot easier to plan ahead and try and figure it out at the last minute.

Learn how to create a plan for your family, then fill out and print your customized plan. Keep copies of your plan, contact information and any other important documents in a water-tight container with your emergency kit.

Step two: Build a Kit
Do you have an emergency kit? If so, when’s the last time you checked to make sure everything you need is there and up to date? An emergency kit is essential. Just look at Hurricane Matthew. A lot of us were without power for days and even weeks. Making a kit is easy and could come in very handy whether you must evacuate or not.

Check out our Personal & Family Preparedness page to get a basic and more personalized kit checklists.

Step three: Maintain Situational Awareness
Watch or listen to local news when you can and always pay attention to the weather. There’s a FEMA app that you can download that will allow you to receive alerts from the National Weather Service for up to five locations. Learn how to shelter in place if need be but be ready to go if you are prompted to evacuate. Check with your local emergency management agency to find out if there is an alert notification system that allows you to register in order to receive emergency alerts when something is going on in your county.

Learn about watches, warnings and alerts on our Severe Weather Preparedness page.

For more information on how NCHD prepares for emergencies, or to learn how to prepare your family, visit our Emergency Preparedness section.

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