Are You Prepared for an Emergency?

If a natural disaster, disease outbreak, or other emergency situation were to arise, would your family be prepared? September is National Preparedness Month, making this a great time to get ready for things like winter weather, pandemic influenza, floods, and other emergency events.

There are three things that you can do to prepare yourself and your family for emergencies: get a kit, make a plan, and stay informed.

Get a Kit – Have an emergency kit stocked with enough supplies to keep your family self-sufficient for three days. Some things to consider for your kit include water, nonperishable food, flashlights, batteries, a weather radio, clothing, an alternate heat source, and anything else your family might need. Read through the following printable fact sheets to learn more.

Make a Plan – Know how you and your family members will contact one another in the event of an emergency. Know important phone numbers and make a plan on where your family will meet up. Plan for evacuations; decide ahead of time where you will go and how you will get there.

Be Informed – Know what hazards are most likely to occur in your area. Information on some events that can occur in North Central Montana, and tips on how to prepare, are below.

For more information on preparing for emergencies, visit the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) Get Ready Campaign or CCHD’s Emergency Preparedness program.