Invest in Thirty Days of Safety
September is National Preparedness Month
How prepared are you and your family for disasters or emergencies? The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) designates National Preparedness Month at the time to assess and prepare for a number of possible situations: floods, wildfires, severe storms like tornados and hurricanes, and prolonged power outages from natural disasters.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), less than half - only about 46% of people - think a natural disaster is likely to happen within their community. The reality is that most people will experience the impacts of some natural event year to year.
- Remember regardless of the specific disaster, reaching out for help and knowledge is the first step for staying safe. Do not hesitate to call 911 if you feel you are in danger, and stay engaged online for updates and information during a disaster.
- As many disasters result in the loss of power, generators can help restore electricity. Remember that generator exhaust contains carbon monoxide, which can build up quickly and prove to be deadly. Do not run your generator inside the home or near windows.
- Prepare an emergency preparation kit so you’ll have what you need in the event of an emergency. Keep your kit in an easily accessible location and include non-perishable food, but also necessary items like a weather radio and flashlight.
- Once your kit has been packed and verified, it’s time to review your family’s emergency communication plan and meeting place. As you’re developing your disaster preparation kit, make sure that you’re aware of how to best keep your pets safe.
- Keep up-to-date with current public health emergencies and preparations should be made. Know how to contact your local emergency service management agency so that you can check in before, during, and after a disaster has taken place.
For more information on disaster preparation and electrical safety, please visit SafeElectricity.org.