Updated: Sep 5, 2019
It is September and you know what that means, right? It's National Preparedness month. For the sixteenth consecutive year, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will recognize National Preparedness Month with its annual "Ready Campaign". What does National Preparedness month mean? Well, it is meant to encourage Americans across the nation to take steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, schools, organizations, businesses, and communities. In reality, the things being covered in National Preparedness Month should be things we focus on daily, weekly, monthly and annually. It is a way of life for many. This year's the National Preparedness Month theme is : "Prepared, Not Scared. Be Ready for Disasters." If you do not prepare or you are not prepared, make your recliner off-limits and spend some time focusing on you and your family. Now is the time to get prepared for natural and man-made disasters that could affect you. Have you noticed the number of natural disasters hitting the United States the past five years? That is a good clue to all of us.
As I often state, emergencies are not prejudice. They can occur anytime and anyplace; home, work, family vacation, middle of the night, at the local baseball field while watching a child or grandchild play sports. Do you have a mechanism in place to alert you of possible events? What is your plan? Remember, you want to stay ahead of the 95% crowd. If you are prepared and have plans in place it is highly likely you will be moving away from the event while others are standing watching or chatting on social media it. It is only your life, be alert and prepared. Does your community, county or state offer a text alerting application that you can download to your cell phone for emergency alerts? Check it out.
I have posted numerous articles to the website on preparedness for you and your family on this website. Preparedness, Backpacks, Planning, Risk Analysis, Water, Food, Security, and Sheltering.
Here's a link to available checklist to support your efforts:
Link to checklist for individuals with disabilities/special needs: https://www.getprepared.gc.ca/cnt/rsrcs/pblctns/pplwthdsblts/index-en.aspx
Here is a link to a series of articles on preparing children:
Here are a few sample pre-packed backpacks that you can consider for purchase from numerous sporting goods stores. Personally, I would consider buying my own backpack and packing my own preparedness items. I find I get more bang for the buck and also get to make personal choices.
Remember, you are your greatest asset and enemy. You can either become self-reliant on yourself or else self-dependent on the system. You decide.
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