September is National Preparedness Month and Two Rivers Public Health Department is sharing a few simple tips for making sure you're prepared for the next emergency.
Be Informed: Know about hazards that could affect your area. If available, sign up for weather alerts from your county emergency managers.
Make a Plan: The plan should make it so each member of your family knows how to get in contact with each other or get back together in case of emergency. Officials say it's also important to create a disaster plan for your work place.
Build a Kit: Everyone should have a survival kit with basic items to get through at least 72 hours. A few tips for packing an emergency kit:
- Don't forget items for your pets.
- Update the kit after life changes, such as marriage or a new child. Infants and young children will need extra items, such as formula, diapers, toys, etc.
- If you already have a kit, be sure to check expiration dates on items and rotate when necessary.
- You don't have to buy everything at once; pick up a few things each time you go to the store.
Get Involved: Find opportunities to support community preparedness efforts, such as volunteering or assisting a neighbor with their disaster preparedness.