Be Ready – National Preparedness Month
With September being National Preparedness Month, LFCS wants to encourage you to work towards your own personal preparedness, but also help others in your community be more prepared as well. One way to do that is to talk with people and ask them if they have an emergency plan. If they do not and are interested, direct them to our previous post about developing an emergency plan or you can direct them to www.ready.gov for more information.
Here are several tips on how you can prepare yourself to better help your neighbors in a disaster:
- If your community has a COAD (Community Organizations Active in Disaster), get involved! Participate as an individual or as a representative for your church.
- Talk with your church and neighborhood schools about the importance of being prepared. Encourage them to perform regular safety and disaster drills and to have a developed and well communicated plan with clear and visible signage
- Join a local CERT team and be trained in how to help your community and your surrounding communities when a disaster strikes – www.ready.gov/cert
- Get certified in CPR, first aid, and AED
- Get to know your neighbors. Ask them about specific ways that you can help them if a disaster were to happen. Think about neighbors who are vulnerable and could need extra help such as the elderly, disabled, neighbors with young children, those without reliable transportation, etc.
- Organize preparedness activities at a community center, school, church, etc. Here’s a link to some suggested activities you could do – https://emilms.fema.gov/IS909/CP0101150.htm
- Be familiar with your community’s emergency plan so that you can understand what role you can play in times of emergency.