Take Time this Month to Prepare Yourself for Emergencies

Published: September 16, 2019

September is recognized as National Preparedness Month and is sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). National Preparedness Month is a time to prepare yourself and those in your care for emergencies and disasters, both large scale and smaller local events. 

The most important step you can take in helping your local responders is being able to take care of yourself and those in your care for at least a short period of time following an incident.

What you can do:

  1. Bookmark weather.gov to stay informed on severe weather.
  2. Learn about Wireless Emergency Alerts messages that will be sent to your phone during an emergency.
  3. Get practical tips on preparing for disaster at ready.gov.

Take Action
Make sure that you and your family are prepared for an emergency. Ensure that you can go for at least three days without electricity, water service, access to a supermarket, or other local services.

What you can do:

  1. Prepare a disaster supply kit with at least three days of food and water.
  2. Create a Family Emergency Plan so that your family knows how to communicate during an emergency.
  3. Obtain a NOAA Weather Radio.

FEMA’s Ready.gov website provides detailed information on what may be most important to you and your family. You can find specific information tailored to specific needs such as people with disabilities, seniors, assisting children, business readiness, and even information for your pets.

Sacramento County has information on emergency preparedness too.

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