September is National Preparedness Month

Residents should plan for emergencies at home, work, in the community

Since emergencies can happen at any time, the 2017 National Preparedness Month focuses on planning with its theme “Disasters don’t plan ahead. You can.” Weekly themes highlight some of the actions people can take to prepare all year round for weather emergencies and other disasters at home and work and in their communities.

  • Sept. 1-9 theme: Make an emergency plan for yourself, family and friends; sign up for alerts and warnings; check your insurance coverage and plan financially for the possibility of a disaster.
  • Sept. 10-16 theme: Plan to help your neighbors and community: Take the video training for helping until help arrives, learn other ways you can help your neighbors, and know how to shut off gas, water and electricity in an emergency.
  • Sept. 17-23 theme: Practice and build out your plans for emergency savings, take an emergency drill and learn how to get resources such as shelters and food banks.
  • Sept. 24-30 theme: Get involved and be a part of something larger.

Find information on these and more at www.ready.gov.

Video

The City of Minneapolis partnered with ECHO Minnesota to produce a series of multi-language videos about how to use NOAA weather radios and other precautions to take during tornados, thunderstorms, flash floods and snowstorms.

App

Take individual steps to prepare for a disaster today like downloading the FEMA app.

More information on emergency preparedness and creating a home emergency kit is available here.