National Preparedness Month is recognized each September to promote family and community disaster and emergency planning. The following tips will help you prepare your home and learn the skills to keep yourself, your family, and your neighborhood safe when faced with an emergency.
Get involved in your community’s preparedness by joining the CERT Academy in Cupertino starting on Monday, September 9. Using classroom and simulation-based education, CERT members learn how to assist others in their neighborhoods and workplaces immediately following an event when emergency responders may not be available to help. Taking CERT training is easy, fun, and a great way for your neighborhood to strengthen working and personal relationships that will be vital in responding to an emergency. Register by visiting the Eventbrite Registration Page
or call (408) 378-4010.
Save early for disaster costs. Check your insurance coverage, and document your personal belongings to help file insurance claims. Download the Emergency Financial First Aid Kit, which will walk you through the planning process: http://go.usa.gov/xypkQ
Make a plan to prepare for disasters. Make a fire escape plan for your family, and practice two ways out of every room. Learn your evacuation zone and ARK locations. Prepare your emergency supplies and a to-go kit: www.ready.gov/kit
Teach youth to prepare for disasters. Teach children what to do in an emergency if they are at home or away from home. Help them learn how to communicate with text messages, know emergency contact numbers, and to dial 9-1-1. Get them involved in building their own emergency kit, and include your child’s favorite toys, games, or books to comfort them in a disaster. http://ready.gov/kids