National Preparedness Month a Reminder to Make Storm Plans

Sep 14, 2016

September is recognized as National Preparedness Month and “serves as a reminder that we all must take action to prepare, now and throughout the year, for the types of emergencies that could affect us where we live, work and also where we visit,” states the website ready.gov, managed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The site lists various types of severe weather situations and other emergencies, including hurricanes, flooding, snowstorms, extreme heat, power outages, nuclear power plant accidents and home fires, and explains how to plan for and recover from each.

A link on the main page titled “Be Prepared for Hurricane Season” – a period spanning from June 1 to Nov. 30, and peaking in late August and September in the northern Atlantic Ocean – offers tips on, for example, putting together a disaster supply kit, preparing a home for a hurricane and acting post-storm.

In a recent Facebook post, the Long Beach Township Police Department reminded residents of National Preparedness Month, and offered important emergency advice, such as: make a family emergency communication plan, including how to reunite after an emergency if separated during the event; prepare for the unique needs of family members, friends and neighbors; and contact any remote family and friends before, during and after an emergency.

As the national website points out, “Due to the success of last year’s theme – ‘Don’t Wait, Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today’ – (we) will be returning for this September with a continuing emphasis on preparedness for youth, older adults and people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs.”

Learn more at ready.gov. —J.K..-H.

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