It's National Preparedness Month - Are You Ready, Sussex County?
(Hardyston, NJ) Are you and your family ready if an emergency strikes Sussex County? September is National Preparedness Month and now is the time to take simple steps for preparing your home, business, and school to be ready for the next emergency that may affect our community.
This year's theme is "Disasters Don't Plan Ahead. You Can." Please join the Sussex County Division of Health in celebrating this awareness event throughout the month. Each week will focus on different topics regarding preparedness efforts for you, your family, and your community. The 2017 Weekly Themes are as follows:
- Week 1: September 1-9 Make a Plan for Yourself, Family, and Friends
- Week 2: September 10-16 Plan to Help Your Neighbor and Community
- Week 3: September 17-23 Practice and Build Out Your Plans
- Week 4: September 24-30 Get Involved! Be a Part of Something Larger
The first step in getting prepared is to make a plan! You may not be at home or with your family when an emergency occurs, so you must have a plan for getting everyone back together in a safe place. The plan should also include what to do if you must shelter at home or evacuate, and emergency contacts both near and far from your home. Make sure your family and everyone involved knows the plan, including children and your emergency contacts.
You should also create a kit. Your emergency preparedness kit should include a stockpile supply of items, consisting of at least a three-day supply of bottled water, non-perishable foods, and essential medications set aside for each member of your family and your pets. You can also include important documents and supplies for eating, bathing, safety, and entertainment.
Don't forget to stay informed. A reminder from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is to check all types of media including web sites, newspapers, radio, TV, mobile and land phones for global, national, and local information. During an emergency, your local Emergency Management or Emergency Services office will provide you with information about such things as open shelters and evacuation orders.
To learn more about resources in your community, visit the Sussex County Division of Health, Emergency Preparedness Program website, at www.sussex.nj.us/health. For resources on making a plan, creating an emergency kit and staying informed, visit www.ready.gov.