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September is National Preparedness Month: Family Preparedness

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September is National Preparedness Month!  Sponsored by Ready.gov, the goal of this awareness month is to encourage you to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies at home, work, and within your community.  Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) will be providing information, resources, and tips to assist you with emergency preparedness.   

 

If you and your family are faced with a family emergency or a regional disaster, the effort you’ve put into family preparedness and disaster planning today will play a large role in how well you "survive" the event. Here are some of the planning tools you need to enhance your family’s preparedness.

IDENTIFY STEPS YOU CAN TAKE TO MINIMIZE OR PREVENT THE HAZARD IMPACTS

Determine procedures and practices you can develop/implement to enhance your disaster resistance. Consult with the Red Cross, your local Emergency Manager or FEMA for assistance.

  • Plans for home escape, neighborhood evacuation, and family communication.
  • Procedures for drop, cover, and hold; shelter in-place; and utility shutoff.
  • Training in CPR, basic first aid, and use of a fire extinguisher.
  • Hazard-resistant construction materials.
  • Flood proofing, landscaping, and site drainage practices.
  • Non-structural earthquake hazard mitigation techniques.
  • Warning system installation (e.g., smoke detectors).
  • Comprehensive hazard insurance for your home and personal property (e.g., fire, flood, and earthquake).
  • Neighborhood disaster resource inventory.

IDENTIFY THE HAZARDS

Do you know what hazards could occur in your area? Visit the library, contact the American Red Cross or your local Emergency Manager, and log on to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) web site at http://www.fema.gov to learn about the hazards in your area.

LEARN HOW THE HAZARDS CAN IMPACT YOUR FAMILY

Assess what the consequences might be for your family when disaster strikes. Consider the time of day, the day of the week, and the time of year.

IDENTIFY EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES YOU’LL NEED TO HELP SURVIVE POTENTIAL CONSEQUENCES

  • Food and Water
  • First Aid Supplies
  • Sanitation Supplies
  • Clothing and Bedding
  • Prescription and Non-prescription
  • Medicines
  • Light Sources (flashlights, candles, and/ or light sticks)
  • Tools, Equipment, and Supplies (manual can opener, utensils, fire extinguisher, matches, money, batteries, etc.)
  • Special Items (baby supplies, pet food, important family documents, etc.)

IDENTIFY THE EQUIPMENT, SUPPLIES, PROCEDURES, AND PRACTICES YOU ALREADY HAVE IN PLACE

  • Camping Gear (sleeping bags, cooking equipment, utensils, etc.)
  • Fire Escape Plan
  • Extra Food and Water
  • First Aid Kit

IDENTIFY YOUR SHORTFALLS

What equipment, supplies, procedures, and plans do you need to complete your family preparedness effort?

DEVELOP A PLAN TO ELIMINATE THE SHORTFALLS

  • Identify short and long term objectives. For the short term, focus on items that are low cost or easy to implement and that have high payoff. Some suggestions include:
  • Install hazard warning systems such as smoke detectors.
  • Develop fire escape and neighborhood evacuation plans.
  • Develop a simple family communications plan such as a wallet card with common numbers to call and important policy numbers.
  • Develop drop, cover, and hold; utility shutoff; and shelter in-place procedures.
  • Attend CPR, basic first aid, and fire extinguisher training.
  • Begin or expand your disaster supplies kit. Start with basic necessities such as food, water, light sources, first aid supplies, clothing, and bedding.
  • Host a neighborhood meeting to exchange preparedness information and ideas.

TRAIN AND MAINTAIN

  • Conduct fire evacuation drills.
  • Test smoke detectors.
  • Test/recharge fire extinguishers.
  • Test communications plans.
  • Practice utility shutoff; drop, cover, and hold; and shelter in-place procedures.
  • Replace stored food, water, and medicines before the expiration date.

Remember, the planning and preparation you do now will play a large role in how well you "survive" the event!

 Portland Fire & Rescue

 We Respond: Always Ready, Always There

 September 9, 2011

 

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AmandaK

September 13, 2011 at 1:54 PM

I feel like it's important to prepare for a possibility of anything happening. From hurricanes, to tornados, to an EMP hit. I've been looking more into EMP, especially because it's National Preparedness month. There's actually a radio show online called EMPact America. They are having Preparedness Podcasts' weekdays in September at 6pm (Eastern Time). Thursdays they have a LIVE show, this week the 15th at 6pm Denise Herkey-Jarosch is going to be on. She serves as the WNY and Finger Lakes Regional Program Coordinator for the American Red Cross NYS Citizen Preparedness Program and is going to be on this show to talk about ways to prepare for an EMP hit (which is something that could happen at any given moment.) If you want to check out this show or any of the other preparedness podcasts this month, here's the link: http://empactradio.org/prepcast/ppc11-denise-herkey-jarosch/

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