National Preparedness Month: “Pledge to Prepare”
Did You Know?
- Only 57% of people report that they have readiness items set aside in their homes for use in disaster.
- Just 34% of people have readiness supplies in their car.
- Less than half of households have an Emergency Plan.
- 42% of individuals report that they would need help during a disaster.
If you’ve seen the news recently, you know that emergencies can happen unexpectedly in communities just like ours, to people like us. This September, take time to prepare and plan in the event you must go for three days without electricity, water service, access to a supermarket or local services for several days. You can take steps to prepare and protect yourself! Start now by following these three steps:
- Get a Kit: Should a disaster strike, you may need to be self-sufficient. Have a three day supply of food, water and other necessary items available.
- Make a Plan: It is important to plan in advance how you will contact family and friends, where you will go and how you will get there in different emergency situations. Share your plan with those closest to you.
- Be Informed: Find out what natural and manmade hazards exist where you live; these may determine what you put in your kit and how you create your plan.
National Preparedness Month is a time for all of us to make sure that our homes, property and families are prepared for any disaster that may occur. This September, pledge to ensure that you and your family are prepared for whatever may come your way!
- Learn more about emergency kits: what supplies you should have and how much of each
- Get more information about making an emergency plan
- Find out about common weather-related risks in Montana
- Visit www.ready.gov for more general preparedness information
CCHD’s Emergency Preparedness program can help answer your preparedness questions and provide you with more information. Click here, or call 452-0881 x310.