September is National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month, an annual campaign to encourage Americans to prepare for emergencies in their homes, schools, organizations, businesses, and communities.  Now in its ninth year, National Preparedness Month is a nationwide, month-long effort hosted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Ready Campaign and Citizen Corps.  ACF is committed to preparing individuals, families and communities for disasters and assisting in the recovery process.  As part of this commitment, ACF proudly supports National Preparedness Month.  Check the ACF website throughout September for updates and resources!

A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:

•Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
•Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
•Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
•Flashlight and extra batteries
•First aid kit
•Whistle to signal for help
•Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
•Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
•Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
•Manual can opener for food
•Local maps
•Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger