Today’s Tip:  Be ready for emergencies or disasters

September is National Preparedness Month and the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security urge you to take a few minutes to think about what you would need in an emergency. Whether the emergency is a prolonged power outage due to a snowstorm, a gas main explosion or some other natural or man-made disaster, being prepared can help you and your family remain safe.

These agencies recommend everyone take these three steps:

1.            Create an emergency supply kit,

2.            Make a family emergency plan, and

3.            Learn about weather emergencies that could occur in your area.

Create an emergency supply kit

Ready America encourages everyone to have enough basic supplies on hand to survive for at least three days during an emergency. Here are their suggestions for the items every household should have on hand:

Make a family emergency plan

Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so take some time to talk about how you will contact one another and how you will get back together. Here are some things to consider:

Learn about emergencies

Learn about the potential emergencies that could impact you. For more information about emergency preparedness steps, visit the Ready Campaign website at

Published Sep 26, 2012