Preparedness Backpack. School bells are ringing for many students across the nation. As your child heads back to class, are they ready for emergency situations that can arise? Prepare yourself and children now to be disaster-ready throughout the school year. In addition to keeping your emergency contact information up-to-date at your child's school, follow these steps:
Remember, back-to-school preparedness means more than buying notebooks and pencils! Visit the new Ready Kids site for valuable tools to help kids, parents and teachers prepare for emergencies.
Family Matters. September is National Preparedness Month – the annual campaign to encourage Americans to take steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, schools, organizations, businesses and communities. We want to encourage you – as individuals and families – to pledge to prepare during the month of September but we also want to encourage you and your family to make preparedness a part of your daily life every day moving forward. Here are three easy steps for you and your family to take to get involved and be better prepared:
Fast-Moving Flames. Raging wildfires near Yosemite National Park have threatened thousands of homes, forced evacuations and initiated a state of emergency for the San Francisco Bay Area. The fire described as "one of the largest in recent California history" may also impact the area's water supply and power grid. If these fast-moving flames are in your area, do you know what to do? Take these steps to stay safe if you are at home:
If advised to evacuate, do so immediately taking your disaster supply kit with you. Be sure to let someone know where you will be.
All of this information and more can be found on the ready.gov family of websites.
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