September 2014 marks the 11th
annual Preparedness Month sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. There are four basic tenets of emergency preparedness citizens should focus on including: Be Informed, Make a Plan, Build a Kit, and Get Involved. Each week this month, Ashland Fire & Rescue is highlighting a different emphasis in being prepared for a disaster. This week we encourage you to know how to plan for specific needs before a disaster.
The time to prepare is before a disaster strikes. Households should tailor a plan and kit that fits the individual needs of those in the household. Most, if not all, individuals have specific personal needs to consider when preparing.
When disaster strikes the time to prepare has passed; take action now by considering the steps you can take BEFORE a disaster happens:
- Identify any special dietary needs and stock your kit with those items.
- Identify all medical needs including prescriptions that will be necessary.
- Consider pets and their needs as well when planning for a disaster.
To learn more about planning for specific needs before disaster strikes save the date for the Ashland Is Ready event – November 1.
For more information on how to be ready visit www.ashlandcert.org. Established in 1887, Ashland Fire & Rescue provides twenty-four hour service and responds to over 3,500 calls each year in an area that exceeds 650 square miles.