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It's September...Time To Prepare For the Unexpected

It's September...Time To Prepare For the Unexpected

Disasters Don't Wait. Make Your Plan Today ~ Ready.gov

If we have learned anything in the last 2 years, it is that we all must be prepared for the unexpected.

September is National Preparedness Month, and there is no better time to re-prep your Preparedness Kits for the changing of seasons. Below are some standard preparedness kits that every home and car should have ready to go! 

Basic Preparedness Kit for your Home

  • WATER

  • Food 

  • Battery-Powered Radio

  • Flashlight

  • First Aid Kit

  • Whistle

  • Manual Can Opener

  • Manual Wine Opener

  • Duct Tape

  • Plastic Bags and Ties

  • Extra Batteries 

Car Preparedness Kit

  • WATER

  • Snacks

  • Windshield Scraper

  • Flashlight

  • Extra Batteries

  • Blankets

  • Sunscreen 

  • Hand-warmers

  • Extra Chargers

Hurricane Prep Tips

  • Make a family plan.

  • Make sure your fire extinguisher is up-to-date.

  • Secure personal documents in case of an evacuation.

  • Ensure plenty of energy sources, such as a generator, extra batteries, and flashlights.

  • Be sure you have plenty of any necessary medication. 

  • Make sure you have plenty of jugged water and canned foods. 

Cold Weather Tips

  • Insulate any waterlines located in crawlspaces or along exterior walls.

  • Insulate Attics.

  • Caulk and weather strip doors and windows.

  • Have your chimney or flue inspected each year.

  • Update and install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

  • Ensure proper venting for fuel burning equipment.

  • Have your furnace and vent systems inspected each year.

The most important thing to remember is to keep a preparedness kit updated based on the seasons of the region in which you live. Be sure to take the time to evaluate each item in your kit so that you are ready no matter what may come your way! 


Article Sources

https://www.ready.gov/kit

https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/winter/beforestorm/preparehome.html

https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/winter-storm.html

https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/hurricanes/before.html

https://www.weather.gov/wrn/hurricane-preparedness

Want to Learn More? 

National Preparedness Month

Prep Videos

FEMA


Other Resources

https://www.ready.gov/winter-weather

https://www.wunderground.com/prepare/winter-weather

WaterSense

AWWA

NRWA

Water.org

DrinkTap.Org

The Value Of Water.org

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