September 1st marks the beginning of National Preparedness Month, an opportunity for families and communities to discuss their plans if they were faced with an emergency. Being prepared for emergencies is crucial at home, school, work and in your community.
Disaster can strike quickly and without warning. It can force you to evacuate your neighborhood, workplace or school or can confine you to your home. What would you do if basic services – water, gas, electricity or telephones – were cut off?
Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone right away. The best way to make you and your family safer is to be prepared before disaster strikes.
Resources In Your Community
When preparing for a possible emergency situation, it’s best to think first about the basics of survival: fresh water, food, clean air and warmth. Check out this list of recommended items to include in a Basic Emergency Supply Kit.
Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to plan in advance: how you will contact one another; how you will get back together; and what you will do in different situations.
The American Red Cross offers courses to help you prepare for emergencies. American Red Cross first aid, CPR and AED programs are designed to give you the confidence to respond in an emergency situation with skills that can save a life. To take a Red Cross course, sign up through your local chapter.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) along with Tribal, State, and Local government agencies are working hard to protect and prepare our nation for emergencies. To find resources and information on preparedness in your community, find the Washington State Emergency Services office closest to you:
Do you know what to do if an emergency strikes where you live? Being informed about the different types of emergencies that could happen where you live and the appropriate ways to respond to them will impact the decisions you make and the actions you take. Print out this helpful Family Preparedness booklet for more information and checklists, then watch the following Emergency Preparedness Plan video to learn ways you can protect your family should an emergency strike.
Being prepared is more than just deadbolts, alarms and smoke detectors. Contact PSI today to assist you with developing a life safety program.