Sep 03

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September is National Preparedness Month

The month of September has been designated as Preparedness Month. Take the time this month to design, update or review your family plans. Every home needs a family plan. This plan includes; What to do in case of a fire, earthquake, tornado, an accident/incident at the Blue Grass Army Depot or other emergency situations that may arise.

Disasters happen quickly and without warning most of the time. The month of September is a time of reflection of how quickly things can change and the importance of being prepared for the unexpected. As we remember all those lost on September 11, 2001 and the many lives thereafter of our first responders and military personnel take the time to make a family plan. Take the time to prepare, so that you can help protect your family should the unexpected happen.

Why prepare? There are real benefits to being prepared; people can reduce the impact of disasters and sometimes avoid the danger completely. Being prepared can reduce the fear, anxiety and losses that accompany disasters. You should know what to do in the event of a fire, tornado, earthquake or an accident at the Blue Grass Army Depot.

The need to prepare is real. Disasters disrupt hundreds of thousands of lives every year and each disaster has lasting effects, both to people and property. You need to be able to care for yourself and your family for at least three days. This means providing for your own shelter, first aid, food, water, and sanitation. If a disaster should occur emergency personnel will try to help you, but you need to be ready as well. Local responders may not be able to reach you immediately, or they may need to focus their efforts elsewhere.

To be prepared for all disasters you need a Family Disaster Plan and Disaster Supply Kit. A Family Disaster Plan consists of phone numbers to reach family members and plans on what you will do during a fire, tornado, earthquake, or an accident or incident at the Blue Grass Army Depot. A Disaster Supply Kit consists of canned food, water, clothes, radio, flashlight, medications and anything else you think is necessary for your family during a disaster. Store all these items in a box labeled Disaster Kit in a place such as a coat closet or anywhere you can get to it quickly if needed.

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