Thursday, September 3, 2009

September is National Preparedness Month

As you may or may not know, September is National Preparedness Month. It is a time to review or develop emergency plans both at home and at work in order to make sure everyone is doing what they can to be ready for any kind of emergency. Here are a few things you should do this month:

* Develop or review emergency plans at home and work.
* Put together a preparedness kit filled with supplies that will help you survive at least 72 hours. If you have already put such a kit together, you need to check the kit and replace anything outdated or worn.
* Check fire extinguishers and replace smoke detector batteries.
* Look for safety hazards around the home, such as worn electrical cords or bad door locks.

This is just a list of examples. For more information, go to . If you need assistance with any preparedness kits or plans, feel free to contact Columbia County Emergency Management at 503-366-3905 or .