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Posted on: September 6, 2022

September is National Preparedness Month

During National Preparedness Month in September, local emergency management officials are encouraging residents and businesses to review and discuss their emergency plans and update their emergency supply kits.

Advance preparation is the key, says Emergency Management Director August Vernon. “Being prepared begins with having an emergency plan and several days of supplies,” Vernon said. “Whether it is a man-made emergency or weather event, we don’t always know what’s going to happen. It’s important to remember that you and your family may need to respond quickly in an emergency and preparedness is the key to having that flexibility.”

Residents and businesses should assemble emergency supply kits, then make and rehearse plans for where to go and what to do if a disaster strikes. The plan should include details about where to meet, how to get in touch with one another, evacuation plans, what to do with pets and how to notify employers/employees after an emergency.

“As part of your plan, if you must evacuate, include staying with family, friends or at a hotel. A shelter should be a plan of last resort,” Vernon said. 

Emergency kits should have items needed for survival regardless of the emergency, including a manual can opener and enough non-perishable food and a gallon of water per person per day to last three to seven days. Other essential items include: 

    Hygiene items such as toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, deodorant, masks, hand sanitizer and anti-bacterial wipes or gel

    Weather radio and extra batteries 

    Cell phone with power pack charger 

    First-aid kit and book

    Flashlight and extra batteries 

    Wrench or pliers to turn off water

    Sleeping bag or blanket, one per person 

    Prescription medicines, glasses and hearing aids 

    Changes of clothes and sturdy shoes 

    Extra house and car keys 

    Copies of insurance papers and identification sealed in a watertight plastic bag

    Fire extinguisher

    Cash and change 

More information on overall emergency preparedness can be found online at ReadyForsyth.org or ReadyNC.org. To receive the most recently updated information, “like” ReadyForsyth on Facebook or “follow” ReadyForsyth on Twitter. 


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