emergency preparedness

It’s already September, which means it’s National Preparedness Month.

This year the focus is on families, to reinforce the importance of including children in preparedness conversations. You can talk to kids about emergencies without scaring them. They’ll feel better knowing that plans are in place, whether they’re at home or at school.

Go to http://www.ready.gov/kids for a downloadable family emergency plan, emergency kit checklists and guidelines on how to make preparedness a year-round family activity.

Have a plan in place before an emergency strikes: who to call, where to meet and what to pack.

If you haven’t created a kit yet, start out with some nonperishable food, water and a flashlight. Add to it every month, using this list and change out the food twice a year. Keep a kit at home, at work and in your car. Don’t forget about pets, too.

I keep a plastic tub filled with supplies in the basement. Where do you keep your emergency kit?

Marcie Lovett, Organized by Marcie
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