September is National Preparedness Month

senioradvisor-300x198.jpgMajor emergencies such as natural disasters require those affected to act quickly. Thus, Ready, a national public service advertising campaign sponsored by the U.S. government, has proclaimed this month National Preparedness Month and is urging citizens to take steps now to develop contingency plans for major emergencies.

National Preparedness Month

The theme of this year's National Preparedness Month is "Don't Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today." In a recent proclamation, President Barack Obama stated:

Emergencies come in many forms -- from house fires to accidents to hurricanes -- and can strike anywhere in America.  We cannot always control how, when, or where they occur, but we can prepare practical responses before disasters strike.  By discussing with our families, friends, and neighbors how we will protect ourselves and our communities, we can contribute to and share in a stronger, more resilient society.

By taking time now to think about how an emergency might affect their families, caregivers and elderly loved ones can determine what steps they need to take in the event of an emergency. Developing an emergency preparedness plan allows everyone in the household to know what they need to do to be as safe as possible.

Developing a plan

There are several components to developing an emergency preparedness plan; the government has resources available online at that can help guide you through the plan making process.

One of the most important components is a communications plan. Family members should develop a document to which all members have ready access. This document should include such basic information as:

Designated places to meet in the neighborhood (in case the home is unreachable)

Contact information for all family members

An out-of-town contact

Other relevant contact information (school, workplace, friends' homes, etc.)

Contact information for relevant medical personnel

Insurance information.

Basic information for each family member (name, date of birth, social security number, important medical information, etc.)

No one wants to be caught in an emergency situation, but by taking special care in advance you can help to ensure that your loved ones will know what to do and how to do it if disaster does strike.​

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