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September is National Preparedness Month
Image of emergency preparedness info graphicThe 2016 National Preparedness Month theme is “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.”

Loudoun County encourages everyone to take part, make a plan and know what to do during an emergency. This includes having an up-to-date contact list for those you may need to reach during a disaster and establishing alternate methods of communication in case traditional means are not available. You can also participate in National PrepareAthon! Day on September 30, 2016, as part of a national day of action. 

There are four simple steps that you can take to be prepared for emergencies:

Step 1: Be Informed 
Know what types of disasters or emergencies might occur and know what protective measures to take before, during, and after an emergency. 

Step 2: Make a Plan
Your family may not be together when a disaster strikes so it is important to plan in advance: how you will get to a safe place; how you will contact one another; how you will get back together; and what you will do in different situations.

Step 3: Build a Kit
A disaster supplies kit is simply a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency. 
Try to assemble your kit well in advance of an emergency.

Step 4: Get involved

Engage Online
Watch for tips throughout the month on Loudoun County's Facebook and Twitter sites, engage online using the hash tags #NatlPrep, #ReadyLoudoun, and #PrepareAthon, and follow @Readygov and @PrepareAthon on Twitter for more information on how to prepare for specific hazards.

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