Preparing for Disaster: September Is National Preparedness Month

With September upon us and the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks just around the corner, one question to ask oneself is, “Are you ready if disaster strikes?” A question like this is timely, as September also features National Preparedness Month. With more than 3,000 national, regional, and local organizations, both public and private, looking to host activities to promote emergency preparedness efforts, now could be the best time to get involved in disaster preparedness.

The U.S. government, through the auspices of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, is encouraging U.S. citizens to become involved in learning about how to best prepare for many types of emergencies, including natural disasters, terrorist attacks, and biological and chemical threats among others.

The activities will focus on:

  • Preparedness at home, including the elderly, those with special needs, and the pets located there.
  • Preparedness at school or what children should do in the classroom if there is an emergency.
  • Preparedness at work and what businesses and their employees can and should do in preparation for an emergency situation.

The CDCs Website offers answers to common questions that citizens might have in regards to preparing for unexpected emergencies, such as:

  • How to develop a disaster plan for the home.
  • What the best supplies to have are in case of an emergency.
  • Developing a shelter plan in case of disaster or emergency.
  • What it means to be quarantined or segregated from the rest of society in case of viral infection.
  • Keeping a good outlook in the face of disaster.

The site also offers advice on what to do to prepare for a hurricane, extreme heat, and a bioterrorism attack. Emergency resource locations can also be found on the CDC site, with this information continually being updated.

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