September’s Tip

Check here each month for crucial preparedness tips

September is National Preparedness Month

Hurricanes are classified into five categories based on their wind speed, pressure, and damage potential. Categories One and Two are extremely dangerous and warrant full attention. Category Three and higher are considered major hurricanes with winds of 111 to 115 miles per hour or more.

Learn more about how to prepare for a major storm

 

BE PREPARED  /  AUGUST’S TIP

Lightning Strikes

If you hear thunder, lightening is close enough to strike you. Always seek shelter in an enclosed permanent building or metal-topped vehicle.

Learn more about Lightning

 

BE PREPARED  /  JULY’S TIP

Freezer Full of Food

A freezer that is half full will hold food safely for up to 24 hours, and a full freezer between 36 and 48 hours.

Learn more about Power Outages

 

BE PREPARED  /  JUNE’S TIP

Secure for the Storm

Before a strong storm hits, be sure to secure outdoor objects that can be picked up by the wind, close windows, doors and storm shutters or board up windows and doors with plywood.

Learn more about Hurricane Preparedness

 

BE PREPARED  /  MAY’S TIP

Who Are You?

It’s important that children are included in preparing for disasters – you can start by helping your kids learn who they are. Teach them their first and last names, their phone number, and the first and last names of their caregivers so that they can give this information to emergency responders.

Read more about the needs of Kids

 

BE PREPARED  /  APRIL’S TIP

Fleeing a Flood

April showers bring May flowers, or floods. Take the time to learn which roadways around your home, school or workplace are likely to flood and find an alternative route to avoid those areas.

Read more about Flood safety

 

BE PREPARED  /  MARCH’S TIP

Work it Out

You might not be at home during a disaster, do you know your office emergency plan? Ask your employer about workplace policies regarding disasters and emergencies, including understanding how you will be provided emergency and warning information.

Read more about Evacuation Guidelines

 

BE PREPARED  /  FEBRUARY’S TIP

Practice your Plan

It’s important to develop a family disaster plan, and to practice it routinely throughout the year so that everyone knows exactly what to do in the case of a real emergency.

Read more about Family Disaster plans

 

BE PREPARED  /  JANUARY’S TIP

Keep it Clean

During cold weather it can be nice to warm up by the fireplace. Be sure that you have chimneys, wood stoves, and all home heating systems inspected and cleaned annually by a certified specialist.

Read more about Fire safety

 

BE PREPARED  /  DECEMBER’S TIP

Tools at an Arm’s Reach

December is the beginning of snow season – before the storm starts make sure that you have snow shovels, snow removal equipment and ice melt easily available without having to travel outside.

Read more about Winter Storm safety

 

BE PREPARED  /  NOVEMBER’S TIP

Pets are Family Too!

If it’s not safe for you, it’s not safe for your pets. Prepare an emergency kit for your pets in the chance that you all have to evacuate. This kit should contain food, bowls, litter trays, an extra leash, a carrier or crate, a recent photo of your pet (in case you are separated) and medications.

Read more about Pet Safety tips

 

BE PREPARED  /  OCTOBER’S TIP

Check Your Batteries!

October is Fire Prevention Month – Installing smoke alarms is the single most important step you can take to prepare for a fire. Make sure your smoke alarms are working, replace the batteries once a year and the alarm once every 10 years.

Read more about Fire Safety tips

 

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