FEMA launches preparedness month for emergency situations

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – September is National Preparedness Month sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The theme of this year’s campaign is Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare.

The month-long event is used to educate residents on actions to take during emergency events such as severe weather, earthquake, a national security threat or other disasters.

Emergency officials stress that every family should have an emergency evacuation plan and a disaster took kit ready in their home should they need to evacuate or take shelter quickly.

Some items that kit should contain are:

  • One gallon of water for each person, per day to last about three days
  • A three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • First aid kit
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio
  • Flashlights with extra batteries
  • A whistle to signal for help

“The rechargeable radio is very important. That way you can stay on top of updates that we may be putting out,” said Jason Mitman, American Red Cross.

A National Preparedness Day is scheduled for Sept. 30. The event is an opportunity for individuals, organizations, and communities to prepare for specific hazards through drills, group discussions, and exercises.

The day will revolve around taking the actions to prepare for these six specific hazards:

  • Earthquake
  • Flood
  • Hurricane
  • Tornado
  • Wildfires
  • Winter Storm
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