September is National Preparedness Month
The 2017 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Preparedness Month theme was “The Power of Preparedness.” Each year during September, Michigan Prepares joins with national, regional, and local governments, as well as private and public organizations in supporting emergency preparedness.
There was a focus on four different steps MI citizens could take to become more prepared for emergencies during each week last September. Below are the weekly themes, along with actions that can be taken to become more prepared any time of year.
Week1: READY… Build a kit. Make a plan. Be informed. - Each family has unique needs that must be accounted for in their preparedness plans. Children, older adults, and individuals with medical conditions and physical disabilities all have unique needs during and after disasters.
How you can take action: Disaster preparedness starts with personal preparedness for you and your family. Visit the Plan section of MI Prepares to find emergency plan templates and supply checklists to plan for your families unique needs. If you have a smartphone, you can download the MI Prepares Emergency Plan mobile app to create, manage, and export your family preparedness plan right from your device. Visit the Be Informed section of MI Prepares to learn more about the common hazards in Michigan. It’s important to know the types of emergencies that could happen, and what steps you can take, if they do.
Week 2: STEADY…Review your plans and update your kit. - Emergencies can happen while you’re at home or work, or while your child is at school.
How you can take action: Utilize the checklists on Michigan Prepares to think about what sort of supplies you would need if you were away from home during an emergency. Discuss emergency meeting places with your family in case you were separated and could not call each other. Take time during staff meetings and school functions to discuss what sort of emergency plans and drills are in place for the hazards that could occur.
Week 3: SHOW… Inspire others to prepare. - People in your own neighborhood are most likely to be the first to offer help during an emergency.
How you can take action: Take time to meet your neighbors. In an emergency, neighbors can help each other before responders can arrive. Share your emergency plan with your neighbors, and encourage them to create their own personal emergency plans. Another great way to help your community is by joining the MI Volunteer Registry. The Registry will match your skills to where they are needed most in a disaster. There is no obligation to respond if contacted during an emergency.
Week 4: GO! Take immediate action to save lives.
How you can take action: Connect with local, state, and federal agencies to keep updated on health and safety issues that can affect you and your family and to receive important updates during an emergency. Visit the Connect section of MI Prepares for a list of contacts and resources that can help you before, during, and after an emergenc
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- Follow @MIPrepares, @CDCemergency, and @Readygov on Twitter for preparedness tips throughout National Preparedness Month and the rest of the year.
Additional 2017 Preparedness Month Information