National Preparedness Month is an observance each September to raise awareness about the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies that could happen at any time.
The Ready Campaign’s 2023 National Preparedness Month theme is “Take Control in 1, 2, 3”. The campaign will focus on preparing older adults for disasters, specifically older adults from communities that are disproportionally impacted by the all-hazard events, which continue to threaten the nation.
We know older adults can face greater risks when it comes to the multitude of extreme weather events and emergencies we now face, especially if they are living alone, are low-income, have a disability, or live in rural areas.
This National Preparedness Month, we are reminding you to build your emergency kit. Don’t forget to include:
- Non-perishable food and water that can last several days.
- Flashlights, radios & extra batteries.
- First aid kit.
Make a plan
- Consider any special needs your family might have.
- Make sure your kids know important phone numbers.
- Learn your evacuation routes.
Your pets are also part of your plan! Add these items in your emergency bag in case you need to evacuate with your four-legged buddies:
- Medicine & grooming items.
- Collar with an ID & a leash.
- Food for a few days.
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