September is National Preparedness Month

preparedness monthSeptember is National Preparedness Month.

Marshall County EMA Director Clyde Avery said this is the time of year that we should be preparing for emergencies including natural disaster events and potential terrorist attacks and to take action to protect ourselves and our families.

Avery noted that blizzard and snow events impacted schools, businesses and families this year and tornadoes and severe weather events last year damaged trees, homes and left many people without power for several days. These and many other types of disasters can occur at any time and anywhere.

Avery suggests that you prepare an emergency kit that includes one gallon of water per person for at least three days, food for the same amount of time, battery-powered radio, flashlight, first aid kit, extra medicine, cash, pet food and season specific clothing.

You should also make a plan in the event of a disaster that includes communication and addresses for shelter and evacuation.

After you are done preparing your own household for a disaster, get involved in preparing your community for the same.