Since 2004, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has encouraged communities, businesses and individuals to use the month of September as a time to prepare for emergency events.
Disasters, both natural and man-made, can have a less devastating impact when some time and energy are invested in advanced planning.
In Kansas we know all too well about the wrath of Mother Nature. In addition to tornadoes, our unusually wet summer has put flood threats back on the minds of many Kansans.
Take steps now that will make surviving emergencies much more likely.
A plan and a kit
Because you and your loved ones may not be together when a disaster hits, it’s important that you take the time now to talk about a plan with your family, friends and neighbors. These considerations should be part of your preparedness plan:
Having an emergency kit ready can be as important as the aforementioned planning. Here are some of the vital items to include:
Also needed might be prescription medications, infant formula and diapers, pet supplies and cash. Don’t forget to check your kit periodically and replace expired items.
Among several other steps recommended by FEMA are cataloging your valuables, which should include taking pictures of them and placing those in a safe location.
Place copies of important documents like birth certificates, passports and insurance policies in waterproof, portable containers near escape routes.
There are many important aspects to emergency planning. That is precisely why this vital job of preparation should be done well in advance of whatever unexpected event may take place.
For more information, go to community.fema.gov.