September is National Preparedness Month: Be prepared, not scared
National Preparedness Month is recognized each September to promote family and community disaster and emergency planning now and throughout the year. Many of us know the importance of having emergency supplies on hand, but have you thought about the family communications, financial protection, and community support aspects of disaster planning? These actions are critical for surviving and recovering from a catastrophic incident.
To support you in these activities, King County Emergency Management provides weekly #KingCountyReady preparedness tips on social media, and there’s lots of good information on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s preparedness website—including information in multiple languages.
Back-to-school preparedness: More than buying notebooks and pencils!
As your child heads back to class, is he or she ready for emergency situations that can arise? In addition to keeping your emergency contact information up-to-date at your children’s school:
- Find out where children will be taken if they have to evacuate the school.
- Ask if they store enough food, water and other supplies in case they have to ”shelter-in-place”.
- Designate a friend or relative to pick up your children in an emergency and make sure the school knows who that person is.
- Ask how they will communicate with families during a crisis.
Visit FEMA's new Ready Kids site for valuable tools to help your children and teachers prepare for emergencies.