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Posted on: September 1, 2017

Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can. September is National Preparedness Month

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Throughout September, Loudoun County is marking National Preparedness Month by reminding residents to take action and prepare now for all types of emergencies. Loudoun County public safety and emergency management professionals, along with federal and state agencies, encourage everyone to make an emergency plan and share their plan with family and loved ones. In the wake of the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, the 2017 National Preparedness Month theme of “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.” is timelier than ever.

Be Informed
Know the types of hazards that may occur and how you will receive information before, during and after an emergency.
Make a Plan
Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to plan in advance, such as how you will get to a safe place, contact loved ones, and get back together.
  • Use online resources to put together a plan for your family and talk about what you will do in different situations; your plan should include contact information, evacuation routes and meeting locations. Create a paper copy of everyone’s phone numbers and email. Include an emergency contact outside of the household and inform that contact of your family’s plan.  
  • Discuss household plans for disasters that may affect your area and plan where to go. 
  • Include pets in your emergency plans.
Build a Kit
During large-scale emergencies, relief workers may not be able to respond to everyone immediately, so it is important for individuals and families to have emergency supplies on hand. Your kit should include:
  • First aid supplies
  • Food and water, including formula if there are infants in the family
  • Pet food
  • Batteries
  • Cell phone chargers
Throughout National Preparedness Month, follow Loudoun County Government on Facebook and Twitter for tips on preparing yourself and your family for all types of hazards.

For more information and resources on preparing for emergencies, visit www.loudoun.gov/ready.

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