Since 2004 the month of September has been recognized as National Preparedness Month in the U.S.
To help you be prepared for any disaster, the County of San Diego Office of Emergency Services encourages you to take time this month to complete a family disaster plan and personal survival guide, build an emergency supplies kit, and register your cell phone and email address with the county’s mass notification system, AlertSanDiego.
Resources to ensure you and your family are ready when disaster strikes:
1. Have a family communication plan.
According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, essential services may not be available during the first few hours or days following a disaster. People must be ready to act on their own.
Here are two resources – one for parents and one for kids – to help you create your own family communication plan.
FEMA Plan - Parent (PDF, 1.12 MB)
FEMA Plan - Kid (PDF, 1.16 MB)
2. Build a kit.
You may need to survive on your own after an emergency. This means having your own food, water and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last at least 72 hours. Basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment and telephones may be cut off for days or even weeks. Your supply kit should contain items to help you manage during these outages.
Find a list of what you need for your supply kit by clicking here.
3. Help your kids prepare.
Your kids should also be ready for any type of emergency. They could be the one that saves the day in an emergency, so educate them on what they need to do.
ReadySanDiego has many excellent resources to help you and your family prepare. Visit their website at readysandiego.org/family.
4. Plan for your pets.
Don’t forget about your pets when making a plan and creating a disaster kit. Just as you do with your family’s emergency supply kit, think first about the basics for survival, particularly food, water and any medications.
ReadySanDiego also has great information about preparing your pets for a disaster. Visit readysandiego.org/pets.