September is National Preparedness Month

As we approach the 15th anniversary of one of the worst attacks on US soil, we are reminded that September is National Preparedness Month.  No matter if it is a terrorist attack, a natural disaster or a man made disaster, we all need to be prepared to take care of ourselves for the first few days.

Do you have a plan in place??  Here is a good one to start with.

http://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/34330

There is a link for kids as well as adults.  Everyone in the family needs to have a plan, fill them out together as a family (great time spent with the family, might create some laughs and great memories!).

https://emergency.cdc.gov/preparedness/plan/

Here is another good one to prepare.

What type of provisions do you have in your house in the event of a disaster?  Do you have enough food and water to feed your family for at least 72 hours, how about 120 hours or maybe even a full week?  There are even people in this county that have enough food to feed their family for one year!  That is amazing.  Granted I bet they didn’t just decide to go out and buy enough for one year in a weekend.  That took some planning and forethought.

http://www.ncpc.org/resources/files/pdf/disaster-preparedness/disaster.pdf

Above is a good checklist.

It is never too late to start planning and purchasing.  Our recommendation if you haven’t started is to start small, maybe allow yourself an extra $5 in your weekly grocery budget and set those items aside and start creating your own preparedness bag.  Don’t forget drinks and water, paper products, personal hygiene products, important documents (copies are best!), manual can opener, pans to cook over an open fire (if you are able to!), matches, candles, the list can go on forever but you have time to prepare right?

Let us know what you are doing to prepare, we love sharing ideas, join our COAD if you can and be part of the solution not part of the problem.  My children know what their disaster plan is, they are coming home because they know we have enough food to feed them for at least a month!  The federal and state government is saying 72-96 hours at the very earliest they will be able to help people in a disaster.

 

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