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Storm Season is Here... Are You Prepared?

The storm season is upon us. Hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and other natural disasters can strike quickly and without much warning. Your best defense is to be prepared. The website www.ready.gov recommends these three steps to help your family prepare for a disaster.

  1. Get a Kit
    You may need to survive on your own after an emergency. This means having your own food, water, and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least three days. Keep in mind that basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment, and telephones may be cut off for days, or even a week or longer. Here are some recommended items to include in a basic emergency supply kit:

  1. Make a Plan
    Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to plan in advance: how you will contact one another; how you will get back together; and what you will do in different situations.
  1. Be Informed

    Some of the things you can do to prepare for the unexpected, such as making an emergency supply kit and developing a family communications plan, are the same for both a natural or man-made emergency.

    However, there are important differences among potential emergencies that will impact the decisions you make and the actions you take. Learn more about the potential emergencies that could happen where you live and the appropriate way to respond to them. In addition, learn about the emergency plans that have been established in your area by your state and local government.

Here are some helpful websites to help you create and maintain your disaster preparedness plan:

www.ready.gov In addition to the information provided above, the Ready America website offers several downloadable publications for your use. Click on the links below “Ready Publications” link on the home page to view, download and order publications

www.fema.gov Visit FEMA's Plan & Prepare webpage for access to information about preparing for specific natural disasters, and downloadable guides to planning and preparing for a disaster.

www.redcross.org For more information about disasters specific to your area of the country, visit the Red Cross's "Tools and Resources" page for a complete list of downloadable disaster information.

Emergency Preparedness in School This guide covers different ways everyone in the school community can prepare for various natural disasters and other emergencies to stay safe.

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