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National Preparedness Month reminds us that we must all prepare ourselves and our families now and throughout the year.

Take time to learn lifesaving skills − such as CPR and first aid, check your insurance policies and coverage for the hazards you may face, such as flood, earthquakes, and tornados. Make sure to consider the costs associated with disasters and save for an emergency. Also, know how to take practical safety steps like shutting off water and gas. 

Does your household have an escape plan if there's a fire? Do they know what to do if you need to evacuate? Are you prepared to care for your pets if there's an emergency? During the month of September, it is important get organized and make sure you and your family know what to do when disaster strikes. 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) wants you to be as preapred as possible, and the first step is making a plan. Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to know which types of disasters could affect your area.  Know how you’ll contact one another and reconnect if separated. Establish a family meeting place that’s familiar and easy to find. Go to FEMA's website for tips on how to make a plan

Know what disasters and hazards could affect your area, how to get emergency alerts, and where you would go if you and your family need to evacuate. FEMA's website tells you how to be informed for all different emergency situation

Disasters affect everyone, and so it takes everyone- parents, community members, and kids- to help prepare. Visit FEMA's Kid's Preparedness website to help your children get involved. 

Disasters don't plan ahead. You can.