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Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today

September is National Preparedness Month – Join America’s PrepareAthon!

You and your family need to be prepared for emergencies. Most Virginians know that, but they haven’t completed an emergency plan or participated in an exercise or drill to test their plan. But it’s never too late!

September is National Preparedness Month – the perfect time to take steps to be sure you are ready for disasters. This year’s theme is “Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare.” Here are some handy actions you can take:

September is National Preparedness Month – the perfect time to take steps to be sure you are ready for disasters. This year’s theme is “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.” Here are some handy actions you can take:

  • Make Your Emergency Plan Today! Emergencies and disasters can strike anyone, anytime and anywhere. They can happen quickly and sometimes without warning; some may force you and your family to evacuate your neighborhood or require staying in your home until it’s safe to leave.
    • Decide how you will get to a safe place, how you will contact one another and how you will get back together if separated.
    • You can use social media to let family and friends know you are OK. Often during emergencies, text messages are easier to get than phone calls.
    • Choose an out-of-town emergency contact for your family
  • Get a free emergency plan worksheet and emergency contact cards at www.ReadyVirginia.gov or www.ListoVirginia.gov or use the new Ready Virginia app.
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  • Download the free Ready Virginia app for iPhone® and Android™. Features:
    • Weather warnings issued for your location by the National Weather Service
    • A customizable emergency plan that can be easily shared with family and friends
    •  A checklist for gathering emergency supplies
  •  Make a family emergency plan. This step is critical, and it won’t cost you anything.
    •  Decide how you will get to a safe place, how you will contact one another and how you will get back together if separated.
    • Choose an out-of-town emergency contact for your family.
    • Get a free emergency plan worksheet at www.ReadyVirginia.gov or www.ListoVirginia.gov or use the new Ready Virginia app.
  • For people with disabilities, access and functional needs. People with disabilities or access and functional needs may have to take additional steps.
    • Plan how to handle power outages and/or being asked to evacuate if you depend on medical equipment.
    • Create a support network. If you anticipate needing assistance during a disaster, talk to your family, friends and others in your community who will be part of your personal support team and include them in your planning.
    • Practice your plan with the people who have agreed to be part of your support network.

To sign up for America’s PrepareAthon! go to www.ready.gov/prepare and register how you will take action to prepare in September.

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Prepared by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, August 2015
(804) 897-6510               pio@vdem.virginia.gov                      www.ReadyVirginia.gov
 

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