September Is National Preparedness Month – Are You Ready?

by SKHC Editor on August 26, 2008

This September marks the fifth annual National Preparedness Month (NPM) and School Kids Healthcare wants to know are you ready?  This year’s focus of NPM is to encourage citizens to take these important preparedness steps:

Get a Kit – So, what should you put in your kit?  When thinking about preparing for a possible emergency it’s best to think about your basic survival needs – fresh water, food, clean air, and warmth.

When preparing your own emergency supply kit these items are some of the recommended items: 3 day supply of 1 gallon of water and non-perishable food per person per day, first aid kit, flashlight, batteries, moist towelettes, and feminine needs.  Click here for a complete, printer-friendly check list.

Make a Plan – Your family needs to have an emergency plan.  You may not all be together when a disaster strikes so it is best to plan ahead of time.  A few basic questions to answer when making this plan are: how you will contact one another; how you will get back together; and what you will do in different situations.  What natural and man-made disasters could occur in your area?  Make a plan for each different situation.  Click here for more information and a family emergency plan template.

Be Informed – Research what emergencies could occur in your area and how you should handle them.  Learn the emergency plans that have been established in your area by your state and local government.  Stay up to date on community and state information. 

Get Involved – Once you’ve prepared your emergency preparedness kit, made your emergency plan, and you’ve informed yourself, what’s next?  Stay involved.  Learn more about Citizen Corps, which actively involves citizens in making our communities and our nation safer, stronger and better prepared.  Talk with your neighbors, local fire and police departments, school districts, etc.

How do these government preparedness recommendations coincide with your school’s plan of action?  Do individual classrooms have an emergency response kit or is there one main school extended support emergency kit?

To find out how prepared you are take the “What’s Your Readiness Quotient” quiz.

Ready America Brochure
NPM 2008 Press Release

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skhc September 11, 2009 at 8:10 am

Hi, Sandra! Thanks for your kind words, very appreciated. Cheers! Sarah at SKHC

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