Preparing for an emergency may seem like an insurmountable task if taken all at once which is why this year the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Ready Campaign encourages individuals and families to tackle the four key tasks in weekly chunks.
Week 1: Make a PlanTalk to your friends and family about how you will communicate before, during, and after a disaster.
Week 2: Build a KitGather supplies that will last for several days after a disaster for everyone living in your home. Don’t forget to consider the unique needs each person or pet may have in case you have to evacuate quickly.
Week 3: Prepare for DisastersLimit the impacts that disasters have on you and your family. Know the risk of disasters in your area and check your insurance coverage. Learn how to make your home stronger in the face of common hazards and act fast if you receive a local warning or alert.
Week 4: Teach Youth About PreparednessTalk to your children and teens about preparing for emergencies and what to do in case you are separated. Reassure them by providing information about how they can get involved.
Launched in 2003, the Ready Campaign is a national public service campaign aimed at helping American people to prepare for, respond to and mitigate disasters and emergencies. Ready recognizes each September as National Preparedness Month. Visit https://www.ready.gov/september for helpful step-by-step guides, videos and printable resources.
As a reminder, in the event of an emergency, the City will use its website homepage, Twitter account, and Emergency Alert System (voice message, text and email) as its primary forms of communication. If you have a cell phone number or email address where you would like to receive emergency alerts from the City, be sure to update your profile by visiting the City’s Emergency Alert System web page.