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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • September is National Preparedness Month

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  • 15 Emergency Preparedness Tips courtesy of ICF International.
     
    Your Resilience:
     
    1. Know your risks—be informed, aware, and prepared for disasters that may occur in your area.
     
    2. Know your community’s emergency alerts and warnings system.
     
    Your Family:
     
    3. Prepare for your family’s needs—medical supplies, doctor information, specific diet needs.
     
    4. Make a plan to determine how and where to reunite if separated.
     
    5. Ensure children are familiar with their school’s emergency preparedness plans.
     
    6. Build a disaster supplies kit with items such as canned food, water, first aid supplies, and cash.
     
    7. Prepare a “to go” pet kit with food, water dish, leash, medical records, blanket, and photos of pet.
     
    Your Communications:
     
    8. “ICE” (In Case of Emergency) your cell phone with emergency contact names/numbers.
     
    9. Send text messaging to let others know you are safe.
     
    10. Always keep electronic devises fully charged.
     
    Your Home and Car:
     
    11. Develop a home escape plan to get out quickly and safely.
     
    12. Know how to shut off your utilities in your home.
     
    13. Keep a car emergency supply kit including nonperishable food, can opener, water, radio, flashlight, batteries, first aid kit, blankets. Always keep your gas tank full.
     
    Your Community:
     
    14. Help prepare your community, especially elders and those with disabilities.
     
    15. Join the National Preparedness Coalition and “Pledge to Prepare.”
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