September is National Readiness Month – Press Herald

28August 2020

Throughout September, we recognize National Preparedness Month, a fantastic chance to remind everybody about the significance of individual and family readiness. This year’s theme is “Catastrophes Don’t Wait, Make Your Strategy Today”.

Every week of the month has a different style. During week 1 (Sept. 1-5) the focus is on making a plan. Your family might not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is essential to know which kinds of catastrophes could impact our location. Know how you’ll contact one another and reconnect if separated. Develop a family meeting point that recognizes and simple to find. As you put your strategy together start by asking yourself and your family the following questions: How will you receive emergency situation alerts and warnings? What is your shelter strategy? What is your evacuation path? What is your family/household interaction strategy? Do you need to update your emergency preparedness set?

Don’t forget to evaluate the current Centers for Illness Control (CDC) guidance and consist of face coverings, disinfectants, and any other products required throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Do not forget to consider particular requirements in your family including special dietary, medication, disabilities, or functional requirements that should be considered. Submit a family emergency situation strategy and practice it.

In week 2 (Sept. 6-12) the focus is on developing a package. Gather supplies that will last for a number of days after a catastrophe for everyone living in your house. Do not forget to think about the special needs everyone or animal might have in case you have to evacuate quickly. Update your packages and products based upon recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control. Keep in mind if disaster strikes you need to be prepared to be self-sufficient for a minimum of 72 hours.

Throughout week 3 (Sept. 13-19) we focus on preparing for disasters. Limit the impacts that catastrophes have on you and your household. Know the risk of catastrophes in our area and check your insurance coverage. Learn how to make your home stronger in the face of storms and other common risks and act quickly if you receive a local warning or alert.

In week 4 (Sept. 20-26) the emphasis is on mentor youth about readiness. Talk to your kids about getting ready for emergency situations and what to do in case you are separated. Reassure them by supplying information about how they can get included.

In Scarborough we have actually established a comprehensive local resiliency program. You might access that important information from the Scarborough Town library’s website at: https://www.scarboroughlibrary.org/resiliency/introduction-and-purpose

Please consider investing a few minutes on these initiatives each week so you and your household are prepared since disasters happen. Take a look at FEMA’s www.ready.gov website for in-depth details on each of the items noted above and if you have any questions you may call me at [e-mail secured] or 730-4201.

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