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September is National Preparedness Month

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From Robert Prater
Magoffin County Emergency Management Director

September is National Preparedness Month across the United States. Your local Emergency Management Office will promote and support these emergency preparedness efforts and encourages all Americans to take action.

You can join the effort by following four steps:

1.    Build a kit.
2.    Make a plan.
3.    Stay informed.
4.    Get involved.

Get an emergency kit- An emergency kit includes the basics for survival: fresh water, food, clean air and warmth. You should have enough supplies to maintain your family's comfort for at least three days or throughout an extended power outage.

Make an emergency plan- make plans with your family and  friends in case you are not together during an emergency. Discuss how you will contact each other, where you will meet and what you will do in different situations. Ask about planning at your workplace and your child's school or daycare.

Be informed- being prepared means staying informed. Check all types of media for national and local information. During an emergency, your local Emergency Management or Emergency Services office will give you information on such things as open shelters and evacuation orders.

Get involved- Look into taking first aid. Get emergency response training and learn how to participate in community exercises and volunteer to support you community's first responders.
 

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