September is National Preparedness Month (preparednessweek)

September is National Preparedness Month

Submitted by Lorene Bartos, UNL Extension Educator

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Are you Ready? You might ask READY for what? Ready for an emergency that may occur related to weather, fire, etc. September is National Preparedness Month. The Department of Homeland Security invites families and individuals to be prepared. During the next month families are encouraged to do four things.

  1. Get an emergency supply kit
  2. Make a family emergency plan
  3. Be informed about emergencies; and
  4. Get Involved

National Preparedness month is a nationwide effort to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, business and schools. Does you family have a least one emergency kit? Kits can be made to cover different emergencies for the home and/or car. Stop for a moment and think about the disasters that have happen close around, in neighboring states and across the United States. What if this happens to you? Now is the time to work with your family to start a preparedness plan and make a kit for you home.

Let's think about the basic items needed for survival. Food, fresh water, clean air and warmth. Items recommended to be included in a basic emergency supply kit are:

  • water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • flashlight and extra batteries
  • first aid kit
  • whistle to signal for help
  • moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
  • local maps.

Additional items might include:

  • extra pair of eye glasses
  • cash
  • important papers, such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a water proof, portable container
  • sleeping bag or blankets
  • other items necessary for your family if you have small children or pets.

For more information visit or or call 1-800-BE-READY(237-3239).

Now is the time to get ready. The time you take may save your life and others. Are YOU ready?

Ask Lorene

(This resource was updated August 2008 and appeared in the Lincoln Journal Star Newspaper Sunday edition. For information on reproducing this article or using any photographs or graphics, read the Terms of Use statement)

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