September is recognized as National Preparedness Month. It serves as a reminder that we all must take action to prepare, now and throughout the year, for the types of emergencies that could affect us at any time. “Don’t Wait, Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today” is this year’s theme.
“Creating a family emergency communication plan is one of the most important steps you can take to keep you and your family safe during disasters,” says Kristin Bath, Health Educator/Preparedness Coordinator for Lincoln County Health Department. Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to think about different situations and make a plan so you that you are better prepared. Communication plans make it easier for families to reconnect during disasters.
Consider the following steps when creating your family emergency communication plan:
- Collect. Create a paper copy of the contact information for your family and other important contacts, such as medical facilities, doctors, schools, day care providers, workplaces, etc. It’s important to identify an “out –of-town” contact who can act as a central point of contact to help your family reconnect during an emergency. Also make sure that you identify a family meeting place.
- Share. Make sure everyone carries a copy in their backpack, purse, or wallet. If you complete your family emergency communication plan online at ready.gov/make-a-plan, you can print it onto a wallet-sized card. You should also post a copy in a central location in your home, such as your refrigerator or bulletin board.
- Practice. Have regular discussions with your family to review and practice your plan. (Source- FEMA, Ready.gov)
During September Lincoln County Health Department is giving away “Get Ready” Kits to help your family start planning for emergencies. Stop by the Health Department’s Preparedness Month Display and pick up your free kit. For more information on National Preparedness Month or how to prepare your family for emergencies visit: www.ready.gov.
For more information about Lincoln County Health Department’s programs and services, visit www.lincolncountyhealthdepartment.com or find us on Facebook. Lincoln County Health Department is always working for a safer and healthier Lincoln County.