September is National Preparedness Month.
With the busy summer months behind, it would be well to focus on how we can be better prepared as individuals, families and neighbors for emergencies.
There are many fairly simple goals that don’t require a lot of time and money. In fact, many are so simple it is easy to put them off, saying to ourselves that we can do that anytime. But the fact of the matter is, once the emergency is upon us, our window for preparation closes fast.
Here are some simple things to consider:
- Decide where your family will meet in case of emergency.
- Who will get the kids from school or daycare?
- Where will the kids go if you can’t get to them?
- Have someone out of state that your family can call if you can’t get through to each other as local phone lines may be overtaxed in an emergency.
- Have vital supplies, especially water and equipment close.
- Secure furniture and objects that could hurt you and your loved ones and business associates. TV’s, shelves and unsecured cabinets can become projectiles in an earthquake.
- Register for a CERT course to learn how to help your family and neighbors in a disaster. See: www.laytoncity.org/downloads/LCCC/CertTrainingSchedule.pdf
There is a wealth of information available on preparedness to guide you in accomplishing your goals at:
Be Ready Utah (beready.utah.gov) and Ready (ready.gov) /(listo.gov), just to mention a couple.
Now is the time.