September is National Preparedness Month
The 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
Watch for tips throughout the month on Loudoun County's Facebook
sites, engage online using the hash tags #NatlPrep
and follow @Readygov
on Twitter for more information on how to prepare for specific hazards.