Disaster can strike at any time and it’s important to be prepared, especially in Alabama where residents are no stranger to two severe weather seasons.
That’s why each September is National Preparedness Month.
This year each week in the month has a different emphasis designed to make sure residents are ready for whatever may come.
During the first week of September, families are encouraged to make a plan.
This includes figuring out how each family member will communicate, before during and after a disaster, according to ready.gov, which is also where people can find several resources for National Preparedness Month like a road map to making your own plan for various situations.
This year those plans may look different from those in the past due to COVID-19. After making a plan, the second week of September focuses on building a kit, which will include supplies your family would need during an emergency.
Some of the basic supplies to have on hand during a disaster are food, water, flashlights and a first aid kit.
Week 3 is focused on low-cost, no-cost preparedness. Families are encouraged to look at the risks of disasters in their area, check on their insurance coverage and learn how to make their homes stronger and more resilient against common threats in their locality.
Finally, National Preparedness Month concludes by focusing on the youth and teaching them about preparedness. Parents are encouraged to talk to their kids about what to do if they should be separated during an emergency and show them ways they can get involved.