September is National Preparedness Month across the country. National Preparedness Month was initiated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in 2004 to promote the importance of being prepared for large-scale emergencies. September was chosen by the U.S. Government to emphasize the importance of personal preparedness and survival measures following the attacks on our country on September 11, 2001. This month, we ask you to join the City of Schertz and take 10 minutes to ensure you are better prepared for emergencies.
Make a Plan!
- If asked to shelter in place, what would your family do? Where inside your home would you seek shelter? What other actions would you take?
- If asked to evacuate your home, where would you go? Identify several options with routes to get there in case one or more of them are not available.
- How will you communicate? Do you know your close friends/family’s phone numbers without your cell phone? What if the lines are busy, does your family have one person designated outside of the area to check in with to ensure everyone is okay? Cell towers may be damaged in the event of a disaster and very short text messages may be your best option to get a message through to each other. Create a short message that everyone understands.
- Determine any special information or needs for your family and plan for those. Medical treatments? Pets? Infants and small children? Elderly?
Build a Kit!
- Start with basic items such as food and water.
- It is recommended to keep a 3-day supply of food and water on hand and available in the event of a disaster. A 3-day supply would include 1 gallon of water per person per day. Consider additional needs such as mixing formulas or medications and whether that would affect the amount you need for a 3-day supply.
- Recommended food items include non-perishable items that are high in nutrition. Protein bars, beef jerky, and canned items that can be easily opened are good choices.
- Include important documents such as birth certificates, copies of driver's licenses, wills, insurance documents, lists of medications, etc. that may be needed and unavailable if you must leave the area or your home is destroyed.
Practice the Plan!
- Take 10 minutes to sit down with your family and review your communications, sheltering, and evacuation plan.
- Practice escaping from your home and where you will meet in the event of a fire.
- Practice planning to take shelter in your home, gathering your items, and taking other necessary actions to protect yourselves.
- Time how long it takes you to gather the people and items in your home, contact your evacuation point, and get settled in the car.
Each of these actions will make a difference in your family’s ability to be prepared. To continue your preparedness efforts, please join us for our National Preparedness Month – “Get Prepped Block Party”!
This event will be held in our Municipal Complex at 1400 Schertz Parkway and will feature fire, police, EMS, emergency management, animal control, water, public works, and community partners active during disasters. Please take the day to come out and “Get Prepped” for all hazards that may affect you here in the City of Schertz.
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