September is National Emergency Preparedness Month across America. Disasters are unfortunate, but they do sometimes occur. When tragedy strikes, it’s important to know how to act in order to save your life or other people’s lives. The optimum time to get prepared for a disaster is before it happens- according to New Jersey Health Commissioner Cathleen Bennett.
Although we can’t predict when disaster will strike, there are some steps everyone should be familiar with in case of emergency. Families are encouraged to discuss what to do in case of emergency before it happens.
There is a competition going on throughout September. Those who upload a photo demonstrating how they prepare for a hypothetical emergency situation and use six words to describe the preparedness plan could win interesting prizes. Just tag the photo with #NJPrepares and then tag the New Jersey Department of Health, on Twitter or Facebook.
Besides the photo contest, there will also be a video competition. Whoever directs the best preparedness awareness video could win the prize. You can submit your entry by the 23rd of September. There will be two winners: one for public health issues and the other for health facilities. Winners will be announced on the 30th of September, on the Department’s website.
All people are advised to have emergency kits. These include basic items for survival, like long-lasting food, water, a week’s worth of medicines, a radio, batteries, chargers, flashlight and more.
Another good idea is to make your personalized emergency plan. The plan should include family, friends, ways of staying into contact and meeting points for a variety of emergencies.
Staying informed matters too, by using emergency management websites and local TV and radio sources.
Getting involved.in the community is another important point. Volunteer activities could teach you valuable lessons.
Citizens are encouraged to stay informed and prepared. It only takes a couple of minutes to make sure everyone in your family or business knows what to do in a crisis.
These crises can include extreme weather, power cuts, terrorist attacks, epidemics, or civil unrest. September was chosen as National Preparedness Month across the States, following the 11th of September terrorist attacks, which took the country by surprise.
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