Tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires, and floods can strike at almost any time, and are just some of the disasters we face each year. These events can generate fear, frustration, and even depression; yet, planning ahead can help response and recovery, and relieve some of the anxiety and stress caused by unexpected events.
Effective planning for emergencies starts by asking the following questions:
- What types of emergencies occur in the areas where I live?
- How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings?
- Do I need to update my emergency preparedness kit?
- What is my family/household communication plan?
- What is my evacuation route? My shelter plan?
- Are the numbers in my mobile device current?
- If there is a widespread power outage, how will I charge my mobile device, use an ATM, or fuel my vehicle?
After answering these and other essential questions, the written plan or checklist can begin. Once you establish your emergency plan, review it with the members of your household so everyone knows what to do and where to go when it counts.
September is the month set aside to promote and encourage planning readiness. For more information and valuable resources for emergency preparedness efforts, visit the following sites:
- USPS® National Preparedness (blue.usps.gov/nationalpreparedness).
- Department of Homeland Security (ready.gov).
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (cdc.gov/disasters/covid-19/disasters_severe_weather_and_covid-19.html?deliveryName=USCDC_2062-DM33192).
Why take the time and resources to prepare for emergencies? Because you and your loved ones are worth the investment.
— National Preparedness,
Employee Resource Management, 9-24-20