National Preparedness Month: Honor 9/11 by being disaster ready

by Leigh Ann Hubbard, managing editor

September is National Preparedness Month. Do you know everything you should have on hand for an emergency or disaster?

Here’s a short video and links to reliable tips.

As seen in the video, Ready.gov recommends three steps to get prepared.

  1. Get a kit.
    Here’s a list of what you need in your disaster preparedness kit, along with a printer-friendly downloadable version.
  2. Make a plan.
    Download a template to put together your family emergency plan here.
  3. Be informed.
    Find out what local disasters to prepare for in your area.

Here are a few more links.

Do you have a kit and a plan? Did any of the recommendations surprise you?

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2 Responses to “National Preparedness Month: Honor 9/11 by being disaster ready”

  1. Dr. Terrie Modesto Says:

    Thank you so much for all the great suggestions you have provided on disaster preparation. Given what is occuring and will occur in Texas I thought I would offer some additional ideas for how to quickly arrange for a disaster evecuation.

    When an emergency evacuation is called quickly in your area in your area as a result of a hurricane, know the first 10 things that are important for you to take with you in a hasty departure and where you need to go. Write them down and keep them in your wallet and posted on your refrigerator. If there is a possibility of an evacuation then put these most important items close to the door that you will most likely need to use to leave such as the front door or the garage door.

    Try to get the items numbered so you can count them off and know that you have all ten securely in your vehicle should you need to leave quickly. In a hurricane evacuation every minute counts in emergency preparation. These items may be :

    a. Emergency survival kits with food, water, flash lights, and a change of clothing and any and all medications for each member of the family including pets.
    b. Identification like a passport, driver’s permit, birth certificates, vaccination shots for children and pets. Include a copy of each employable person’s resume since you may need to look for another job if your company or business is destroyed or will be a while before reopening.
    c. Personal address and telephone book. Often there are so many numbers that will be hard to replace if the address book is lost.
    d. Emergency communication items like cell phone& charger, battery powered radio, CB radio ( one of the best items to have in your car in an emergency – cell phones can go out but CBs may still be able to get you help) as well as GPS (Global Positioning Systems).
    e. Photos of loved ones and non-replaceable pictures.
    f. Highly valued items like jewelry, sterling silver (if you are so lucky to have it), computer external computer backs, and collectibles.
    g. Comfort items like pillows, blankets, air mattresses, folding chairs
    h. Important papers like home and vehicle insurance documents
    i. Emergency cash – ATMs run out fast in a emergency situation – sometimes in less than 30 minutes. Also if electricity goes out so do ATMs,
    j. Extra fuel for vehicles since there may be no emergency response services like AAA if you should run out f gas for the car.

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of those who are facing a challenging disaster during this difficult time.
    Dr. Terrie Modesto

    Dr. Terrie Modesto, PhD, author of Train For A Hurricane is an international expert in dying, death, loss and critical incident individual and community disaster preparation and response with 20+ year’s experience. She has over 60 courses, books and training manuals to her credit and is available for consulting, lectures and interviews. Website: http://www.trainforahurricane.com Blog: http://www.hurricane-prepared-ness.blogspot.com

  2. lhubbard Says:

    Thank you, Dr. Modesto, for sharing these practical tips. I’ve never lived in an area with hurricanes and can’t imagine having to evacuate your own home, but the reality is, we should all be ready to evacuate like this. You never know in this day and age what might happen. I think tips like these are valuable for all of us.

    Leigh Ann Hubbard
    Managing Editor
    James Hubbard’s My Family Doctor

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